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Remembrance match | Shrewsbury Town and Reading to honour service

11 November 2023

Club News

Remembrance match | Shrewsbury Town and Reading to honour service

11 November 2023

Today's game against Reading is our annual Remembrance match and is hosted and organised by the Shrewsbury Town Foundation, The Royal British Legion and Shropshire Councils Armed Forces Covenant team.

The annual remembrance matchday highlights the contribution our Armed Forces past and present have made over many years and is also an opportunity for the supporters of both Shrewsbury and Reading to pay their respects.  

The act of remembrance takes place at 2.50pm, with wreaths being laid pitch side by Group Captain Andy Baron, Station Commander RAF Shawbury alongside Matt Taylor and Ruben Selles, head coaches of Shrewsbury Town FC and Reading FC.  

Ian Nellins, deputy leader of Shropshire Council and Armed Forces Covenant champion, said: “This remembrance event is always well attended, and I am again impressed with the commitment shown by Shrewsbury Town FC and its supporters.  

“I know serving personnel and veterans appreciate the event and it means a great deal to the Armed Forces community that their sacrifice is recognised in such a way.” 

A spokesperson for Shrewsbury Town FC said: “We have rightly supported matchday remembrance events for many years, and they are always well received by our supporters. It’s a time for us to reflect and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to live as we do today”.  

The Armed Forces continue to play a vital role in Britain today, at home and overseas. From peacekeeping and disaster relief to helping in the fight against COVID-19, we will remember the contribution of those serving in the Armed Forces. Wearing a poppy shows the Armed Forces community their service is appreciated.

Service, the act of defending and protecting the nation’s democratic freedoms and way of life, is rarely without cost to those who serve. Physical, mental or emotional injury or trauma; the absence of time with loved ones; or the pressures that come from serving, highlight why the remembrance of service is so important.  

This year we will mark significant anniversaries united by the theme of ‘service’. On the 70th anniversary of the armistice which ended the fighting of the Korean War, we pay tribute to the British and Commonwealth forces who served in almost unimaginable conditions. We also honour the contribution of the generation in uniform who undertook National Service, 60 years after the last serviceman was demobbed.  

On the 75th anniversary of the arrival of settlers from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush, we explore the connections between the Armed Forces and the Windrush Generation and mark their service and the part they played in rebuilding post-war Britain.   

Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.  

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