Poignant tribute from Veterans Charity to fallen shortlisted for national award

The poignant Routes of Remembrance campaign launched by The Veterans Charity has been shortlisted for the prestigious Soldiering On Awards.

The North Devon charity has created a unique tribute to the dead called Poppies to Paddington as part of its new Routes of Remembrance initiative during the 2020 pandemic lockdown by working with Great Western Railway to send wreaths to London on 11 November from network stations.

Last year, the program expanded further, with many other train operators, as well as ferry services and airlines, to send wreaths to the capital on 11/11 after visiting the country and even to the stranger.

The charity is one of three finalists for the Working Together Award, for its work with the UK Armed Forces and the UK transport sector.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious evening dress gala at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on October 27.

Danny Greeno, CEO of The Veterans Charity, said: “We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for the Soldiering On Awards.

“This is great recognition for our fabulous team and all those who have supported the Routes of Remembrance over the past two years.

“Collaboration is at the heart of our work, so being a finalist in the Working Together category is great! »

Roads of Remembrance began in 2020 at the height of Covid, when an elderly Cornwall veteran was devastated by the loss of events such as VE Day and Remembrance Sunday.

With just weeks notice, The Veterans Charity worked with GWR Trains to see wreaths travel to the Isles of Scilly and back to the mainland to join one of nine InterCity Express trains, with others traveling further afield.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of GWR added: “We at GWR are delighted that our Poppies to Paddington partners, The Veterans Charity, are finalists in the Soldiering On Awards.

“Born out of the pandemic, Poppies to Paddington is now a significant annual event that is hugely popular with the communities we serve and reinforces GWR’s proud tradition of honoring those who have served.”

Routes of Remembrance celebrates all of the transportation infrastructure that has always played a vital role in the success of military operations.

The events, which include Poppies to Paddington, bring together young and old, serving communities and veterans, as well as the private and public sectors. The Veterans Charity team ensures that history lives on and that the well-being of veterans, for whom remembrance is so important, remains a priority.

In 2021, the whole of the UK took part in the campaign, with one wreath joining the Tour of Britain, one traveling all over Northern Ireland, another traveling to the Falkland Islands and another being carried by boat on the Thames to HMS Belfast. .

This year promises to be particularly special as the wreaths carried by the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner are currently on tour in the United States and Canada.

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