PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 January, 2003, 12:00am

I would like to thank all those individuals, companies and clubs which responded to my letter (South China Morning Post, November 9) asking people to buy a poppy or send a donation to our annual poppy appeal.

The money raised will greatly help our aims of supporting the ex-servicemen of Hong Kong and their families who have fallen on hard times. The majority who, like me, served in World War II are now in their eighties.

At this time of obvious concern and with divisions in the community of Hong Kong, it is wise to remember the hard-won freedom and the sacrifices of men and women during the terrible years of the occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1945.

Perhaps people will reflect when they pass the Cenotaph in Central, bereft of its flags since the handover, and remember those who loved this place we all call home and gave their lives for freedom and democracy.



The Royal British Legion

(Hong Kong and China Branch)