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DG Support – Community Bulletin – Ed 44

Welcome to your Community Bulletin.

As we approach Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, it’s important that we take time to reflect and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As we suffer the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic, it is sobering to think that more people died in the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, than lost their lives in the seemingly unremitting carnage of WW1, the “war to end wars”.

But, of course, wars haven’t ended and, since the Second World War, our service men and women have been involved in conflicts such as Korea.

Currently around 11,000 UK troops are deployed overseas, including Afghanistan, Estonia, the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and Ukraine. 14 Royal Navy ships will be at sea over Christmas, and a submarine is on patrol every minute of every day. 1 in 5 of the Scottish population is a member of the veterans’ community, being either an ex-service person or a spouse/dependant of an ex-service person.

Our Council is committed to supporting our veterans’ community as demonstrated by our Armed Forces Charter and our Gold Award from the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is the main fund raiser to support veterans and their dependants in Scotland. It will be badly hit by us not being able to buy and wear poppies as we would normally do.

So, please display a poppy in your window and donate at

https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/