Borderers always dig deep in aid of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and the area’s veterans champion is confident this year will be no different.
Scottish Borders councillor John Greenwell was speaking after top Scottish singing duo, Craig and Charlie Reid, aka The Proclaimers, last week launched the 2013 Scottish Poppy Appeal in Edinburgh.
The musical brothers called on the public to remember Scotland’s veterans by forgetting about small, everyday treats and putting the money in the poppy tins instead.
Poppyscotland, the charity behind the appeal, needs to raise more money every year to continue its work, providing life-changing support to the most vulnerable veterans and their families living in Scotland.
Speaking at the launch, Craig Reid said he and his brother were proud to launch the appeal for this year, adding: “It’s a cause we’ve always supported and one that means a lot to us. Poppyscotland does a fantastic job in looking after ex-servicemen and women, and their families, too.”
Mr Greenwell told The Southern: “At this time of year, cities, towns and villages throughout the UK remember those servicemen and women that did not return from many conflicts across the world and the Borders is no different.
“Services will take place across the Borders to mark Remembrance Day this year, when wives, husbands, sons, daughters and grandchildren will stand in remembrance of their lost loved ones.
“It is vitally important that we never forget the sacrifice given by others for our freedom and safety I urge everyone to wear their poppy with pride.”
z Remembrance Sunday this year falls on November 10.