Heart Remembers in Watford

11 November 2011, 11:06

At 11am most of the UK fell silent to remember those who sacrificed their lives fighting in wars around the world.

Armistice Day marks the time a peace treaty was signed with Germany to end the First World War in 1918.

The money raised during the campaign through selling poppies will go towards helping servicemen, ex-servicemen and their families. 

Even though Remembrance Day is associated with World War I veterans, the Royal British Legion use the money raised to help those involved in all British conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Martin and Gill Harrison from Watford lost their son Chris last year in Afghanistan. They received a lot of help dealing with their loss from the Royal British Legion as well as Marines in which Chris served.

This year Gill is repaying the legion for their help by selling poppies. She is going door-to-door with a photograph of her son to remind people the money they donate helps people like her, mothers losing their sons in current conflicts. 

“I think a lot of people think the British Legion is run by old men for old men, its not, our son was only in his 20’s and we just need to help them to help us”

When Chris died he left behind his wife Becky and a lot of good friends. His parents said his death left them all devastated but they are all very proud of him.

At the end of the month the Harrison family and the Sawyer family who also lost their son are holding a charity dog walk in Watford to raise more money for the Royal British Legion.

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