Kent’s 2014 Poppy Appeal was launched at County Hall today (Wednesday).
It began with cadets from Gads Hill School in Higham marching out to the front of County Hall bearing their standard.
They met veterans alongside dignitaries from across the county, Royal British Legion members and the Brompton Military Wives Choir.
The Kohima Epitaph was read by KCC chairman Peter Homewood.
A presentation on the work of the Royal British Legion was then given by RBL Kent vice-chairman Richard Cast.
There were three performances by the Brompton Military Wives Choir and the Gads Hill cadets presented Kent’s first poppy to Nicholas Bennion from Gillingham who served with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales Regiment for seven years.
After serving in the Balkans and Iraq he was helped back into work and a normal home life with help from the RBL.
Buying a poppy helps towards the £40million target that the Royal British Legion is looking for to support armed forces families, past and present.
The poppy campaign in Kent, which last year raised £1.3million, will run through to Remembrance Day, 11 November, with members of the public encouraged to donate or to buy one of the many Poppy Appeal products – from paper poppies to jewellery and clothing.