It’s that time of year again when the nation proudly displays the poppy on their chest – to honour the fallen, the present and future generations.
The Poppy Campaign began in 1921 and is the biggest fundraising campaign held annually by the British Legion, with funds supporting those in the Armed forces community.
Each year hauliers show their respect through various mediums, whether that is within the truck livery itself, a poppy affixed to the grille, getting involved in local fundraising or simply wearing the poppy with pride.
This year the Royal Legion campaign asks us to rethink remembrance, so we asked some of our staff at TruckEast what Remembrance Day means to them.
Laurence Bennett is our depot manager at Witham; he served in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers for 8 years. “I think about where it all started right up to today,” says Laurence.
When it comes to remembrance the emphasis always seems to be on the first and second World Wars, but the nation
been supporting the forces ever since. “I think it’s important to remember that it is something that is still happening right now to this day, and the forces risking their lives still need our support,” he continues.
“I think it’s important to remember that it is something that is still happening right now to this day, and the forces risking their lives still need our support,”
Witham Depot Manager
Laurence was part of the First Gulf War and two tours in Bosnia, “This remembrance day I’ll be thinking of the memories with my team, good and bad. I’ll be wearing my poppy with pride.”
Kevin Short is our Contracts Engineer; he served 10 years in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. “Remembrance Day takes me back to Iraq; I saw things that will stay with me for life. I often think about those that sadly didn’t come home,” says Kevin. “But the poppy isn’t just about remembrance, it’s a symbol of thanks, everybody has a family member that was part of World War I or II and it is because of them that we can enjoy freedom and liberty today.”