Remembrance 2020

The pandemic caused us to mark VE and VJ Days virtually and now eight months in to the restrictions on social distancing, to reflect national and local guidance, we have been required to mark Rye Remembrance 2020 in a virtual way – though we had hoped to mount the usual public ceremony both in St Mary’s Rye and around the town memorial as in previous years.

This year would have been another milestone as it marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, the national focus for Remembrance. Our video has been compiled in Rye to mark Remembrance 2020 – a year most of us will never forget.

Although our thoughts at this time are with the fallen of the world wars, and in all the campaigns since, this year, with so many suffering and dying from Covid-19, we all have wider reasons to remember those who are no longer with us.

Therefore in these troubled times, on behalf of all those grieving or affected by conflict and strife, we say “We Will Remember Them”

Rye Virtual Remembrance 2020

In 1922, the then British Legion produced the first Remembrance poppy and wreath and, millions of poppies later, the Royal British Legion is still proudly continuing this important tradition.

This year’s 2020 poppy pin

Here in Rye, a wide variety of organisations and individuals take part annually in a civic Remembrance ceremony (see photo above) with at its heart the wreath laying.

This allows individuals and organisations to pay their respects to all those of Rye and district who have fallen in the two world wars and all the other campaigns between and since – and the pandemic has not stopped us from doing so this year.

What follows is a video of the images of the build-up of the wreaths and crosses (by day and by night) between November 8 and November 11 2020 in St Mary’s churchyard as well as at the Mary Stanford lifeboat memorial in Rye Harbour, RFC Rye and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Wreath Laying 2020

Rye British Legion now have the final total for Rye and district for this year’s Poppy Appeal and, despite the very challenging climate, our Poppy Appeal coordinator, Paul Whiteman, and his team collected a superb £8,570.90 made up of £7,235.90 from collection tins, £730 from wreaths and £605 from donations.
Despite a shortage of items to fill the boxes with, we had collecting boxes in 32 outlets – although a lot of the boxes were behind screens, and many outlets were mainly doing card transactions – and hopefully we can add a few more next year.
We still have stock of VE day and 2020 pins which can be had for the normal donation of £2 each. Please send an email message to [email protected].
We would like to thank all of the people that helped with the collection as, without your help in this very difficult year, results would have been very different.
The main thanks must go to Jempson’s of Rye who let us have a table in a very convenient place in the store. The total raised in Jempson’s was £4,291.82.

Any offers of help for collecting next year, either street collecting or manning a table, would be much appreciated. Also, somebody that could supervise the distribution of collecting boxes to outlets in Camber, would be most helpful. Please email Paul Whiteman, Poppy Appeal organiser at [email protected]

Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the Hope Anchor, Watchbell Street, in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM) – please note that regular meeting have been suspended until further notice.

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  27.11.20