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Sussex Police marks centenary of World War 1 Armistice

08 Nov, 2018 12:22 News Force News
Sussex Police marks centenary of World War 1 Armistice

Sussex Police are proud to present a poppy-wrapped operational motorbike to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 and in respect of those who have served, sacrificed and fallen during service.

The bike, which was decorated for free by a local company, will take part in the annual Motorcycle Action Group Remembrance Ride from Brighton to Newhaven Fort on Sunday 11 November and the flagpole ceremony at Sussex Police Headquarters on Monday 12 November.

The operational motorbike will be used as part of our ongoing work with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to ensure the safety of road users. Alongside the bike, a number of operational vehicles will feature a poppy emblem next to the police crest. We hope the visible presence of the bike on the roads will help support continual awareness of the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and encourage Sussex residents to donate towards this worthy cause.

A series of short films to mark 100 years since the World War 1 Armistice declaration have also been created and these will feature a number of serving police officers reading from the Siegfried Sassoon poem ‘To My Brother’. The videos will be released on our social media channels in the run up to, and on, Remembrance Sunday.

Captain Sassoon, one of the leading writers and poets of World War 1, served in the Sussex Yeomanry and was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in July 1916.

Sussex played an important role in the allied effort in World War 1, with Brighton Pavilion being re-purposed as a hospital for the Indian Army, who were fighting on behalf of the British Expeditionary Force. Many of the major ports along the coastlines of Sussex, including Newhaven and Shoreham, were essential in the supply of military goods to France.

Chief Constable Giles York said: “A great contribution was given by the people of Sussex to World War 1, in the fight for freedom and our future. This significant year reminds us again that it is so important that we recognise the sacrifices men and women from all parts of the country and from every walk of life made so we can enjoy our liberty today in a diverse and tolerant society. Remembering the fallen is as relevant today as it was back then.”

A poppy flag, designed by Sussex Police employee Helen Rogers, will be flown at headquarters for remembrance. You can read the story behind the design of the flag here.

Please join us in supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal, and remembering those who have served, sacrificed and changed our world forever.

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