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Special tribute as Cornwall's Poppy Appeal launches

Special tribute as Cornwall's Poppy Appeal launches

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:32pm 24th October 2019. (Updated at 5:54pm 24th October 2019)

Cornwall's Poppy Appeal has launched with a special tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

A classic car rally set off from Trebah Gardens near Falmouth on Thursday morning, where troops left from to go to Normandy.

Annie Binding the organiser, she says it is a final salute to those who fought and perished 75 years ago in the Normandy Landings, many of whom left from Trebah, which played such a major part in what became know as Operation Neptune.  

The dozens of vehicles then travelled 75 miles up to Mount Edgecumbe near Torpoint in tribute, which also played an essential part in the D-Day Landings Operations as the waters at Barn Pool were deep enough to take the necessary vessels which accommodated the equipment needed for the forthcoming battles the beaches of Normandy.

Watch the rally setting off below...

"When you think back to those times when all those troops, thousands of troops, came to this peaceful, sub-tropical paradise to leave these shores to go to mayhem, that's a big thing isn't it.

"Quite often people think the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal is all about past conflicts, but it's about more recent conflicts too and we still have all our boys and girls going out and looking after us, and trying to do right.

"It allows us to look to the future and try not make the mistakes that have already been made, and if we don't do that for our children and our children's children, then we are guilty aren't we."

Annie Binding, RBL County Fundraiser and Organiser of the event

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Tony Hendra is the chairman on Penryn Royal British Legion and was the lead rider for the rally. He served 23 years in the Royal Navy and left in 2011.

He told Pirate FM it is important to remember those who gave their lives.

"Without them we wouldn't be where we are nowadays, they gave so much for what we have now, to defend peace, it is extremely important, if we don't remember what went before we will make the same mistakes, we should remember what they did and what they gave, for the future.

"It is about all armed forces personnel who make the ultimate sacrifice, and their families, but also those who are coming back now and need our help, especially those who are being diagnosed with PTSD and mental health issues. We need to fundraise to help support them."

Tony Hendra, Penryn RBL

Meantime as the Poppy Appeal launches nationally, undercover celebrities have accepted a mission to join forces with poppy collectors across the UK.

Teaming up with some of our 40,000 Poppy Appeal volunteers, they are helping us shine a light on their efforts and the invaluable contributions being made by the Armed Forces community.

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