Remembering our soldiers

Millions of people will paying their respects today to fallen soldiers, RAF and Naval men and women who've fallen in wars past and present.

A 2 minutes silence is being held at the National Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire at 11 o'clock to remember them all.

As well as buying a poppy and falling silent, people in the Midlands are being offered another way of paying their respects.

Staffordshire police are helping to collect comfort packs in Cannock for our troops serving on the front line.

Sgt Ant Richards said: "People can drop off items for our troops - some of them don't have any family so they really appreciate receiving a pack and a note wishing them well."

There will be a collection point at the cenotaph between 10am and 5pm on Friday the 11th November and Saturday the 12th for people to hand in the gifts.

Packs for men and women are welcome, these should be an A4 size envelope or jiffy bag and can contain any of the below non-perishable items:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • soap
  • wet wipes
  • roll-on deodorant
  • shower gel
  • tissues
  • boiled sweets
  • chewing gum
  • biscuits
  • pot noodle-type meals
  • playing cards and travel games
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