Appeal for assistance for Legionaires
The Barbados Legion today observed its 58th anniversary with a service at the St Matthias Church where Chairman, Colonel Vere Springer, appealed to the congregation to buy poppies to support ex-servicemen and women in November.
The Poppy Appeal is held every year ahead of Remembrance Day in November, in honour of the men and women who served in the armed forces.
Colonel Springer told the congregation, which included Governor General Sir Elliot Belgrave, that the Legion currently comprises 350 ex-servicemen and women, and while some are in nursing homes, others are dependent on other forms of assistance.
“With the funds we receive from the Poppy League, we’ve been able to provide a small monthly allowance to some 36 indigent Legionnaires,” Springer said.
“We also assist them with spectacles, toiletries, medicals, and minor repairs to their houses, and also ensure the areas around their homes are clean and tidy.
He stated that government has been providing the Legion with an annual subvention, given the reduced funds from poppy sales each year.
He reiterated his call for assistance, noting that despite their age the Barbados Legionnaires are still active and also participate in the Changing of the Sentry parade that attracts large crowds of locals and tourists.
“All this would not be possible without your support, so give generously when in November you’re approached to buy a Poppy,” Springer advised.