On Tuesday 8th November, Stephen Doughty MP has secured a three hour Commons debate on the subject of “Rethink Remembrance” – the theme of this year’s 2016 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The debate aims to raise awareness of the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.
Whilst for many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars – and of course we will always remember – the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.
The debate will be held in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday 8th November under the motion that ‘this House has considered raising awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel’.
The application for the debate received more than forty signatures from all sides of the House.
Stephen said: “I am delighted to have secured this cross party debate on raising awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel for next Tuesday.
“I have been deeply moved by this year’s Royal British Legion campaign, which challenges us to rethink the image we have of veterans.
“Whilst we will never forget the sacrifices made by those who served in both World Wars, almost 12,000 British service personnel have died in conflicts since then, with countless more injured or living with life changing physical and mental health conditions”
“I am glad we will have the opportunity to raise awareness in Parliament of issues affecting veterans of more recent conflicts, and challenge others to rethink remembrance.”