CHAIRMAN of Devon County Council (DCC), Councillor Percy Prowse, has published a letter in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The Armistice, was an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, and it began at 11am on 11 November 1918.

This year the 105th Armistice commemorations are this Saturday, November 11, and the following day, Sunday November 12, is Remembrance Sunday.

Councillor Percy Prowse, Chair of Devon County Council, said: 'The Royal British Legion is holding numerous Remembrance events this year, during the Poppy Appeal, to commemorate the fallen.

'In Remembrance we keep their memory alive, and, by acknowledging the devastating acts of the past, we hope to learn and not to repeat them.

'For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars to whom we owe an incalculable debt of gratitude.

'This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War in which our military played an important part.

Councillor Percy Prowse
Councillor Percy Prowse (Councillor Percy Prowse)

'The practical nature of conflict may have changed in certain ways, but the fundamental horror of war is no different. With so much turmoil and strife around the world, it is important to reflect also on the sacrifice of those who served in more recent conflicts around the globe, including the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

'We are thankful for the diligence of those who ensure our safety today: to our serving Service personnel and Blue Light services as well as the families who support them.

'I am certain the people of Devon will, once again, wear their Poppy with pride this year and find their own personal way to mark this important event, whether in the privacy of their home or by attending a public event.

'Whatever you do, I wish you well and urge you all to look out for one another.'