Preet Kaur Gill MP has called for local residents across Edgbaston constituency to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of UK Armed Forces this Remembrance Sunday.
This week, communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to those who fought and died in the First World War and all conflicts since. They will also be recognising the significant contribution citizens of the Commonwealth have made in conflicts, as they have stood side by side with our UK Armed Forces.
The UK’s servicemen and servicewomen continue to play a central role to protect British interests and values, from training Ukrainian troops to supporting NATO allies in Estonia.
Following the launch of its national poppy appeal, the Royal British Legion (RBL) are back in local communities across the country to raise vital funds to support our armed forces communities.
Labour is backing the charity’s efforts to encourage schools across the country to support the teaching of remembrance, to ensure its importance is passed on to the next generation.
The charity has developed a range of free teaching resources to be used in local schools or at home, with all of the lesson plans linked to the national curriculum for key stages 1-5.
The Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, Preet Kaur Gill MP, said:
“During remembrance, we honour and remember the sacrifices made by service men and service women, veterans and their families.
“From Flanders Fields to supporting our NATO allies to deter Russian aggression, our armed forces continue to protect us at home and abroad. Theirs is the ultimate public service, and it is vital we recognise their heroic efforts.
It is oft forgotten that one in every six British soldiers in World War I was from the Indian subcontinent. I thought of the million Indian soldiers, many of them Sikhs, who risked their lives for us as I lay a remembrance Khanda in the Garden of Remembrance this week.
“I would also encourage all residents of Quinton, Harborne, Bartley Green and Edgbaston, whether young or old, to support the local poppy appeal and pass on the importance of Remembrance to the next generation.”
Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey MP, added:
“Remembrance is a time when the nation comes together to honour all those who have served in our Armed Forces, present and past.
“This year service personnel have played a leading role in the UK’s united support for Ukraine, coordinating supplies, training troops and supporting our NATO allies.
“Above all we remember those we’ve lost in conflict through the years, who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep Britain safe. We will remember them.”
Notes to editors
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – ways to get involved: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal
Royal British Legion ‘Teaching Remembrance’ resources: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance