Canaries to mark annual support for the Poppy Appeal
Saturday's match with Swansea City will see the Club mark its annual support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and therefore it’s only fitting that we welcome as our honoured guests two D-Day veterans who served their country with distinction during the Second World War.
Len Fox, 90, and Jack Woods, 91, are two of three Norfolk Normandy Veterans who have been awarded the highest of French honours – The Legion d’Honneur – an acknowledgment of extraordinary bravery and service in time of war, which was created back in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Fans are urged to get to the ground in good time to see Jack and Len bring out the matchball before the game and then to join them and the Club in taking part in a minute’s silence before kick-off, to remember all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
Len Fox, having acted as a fire-watcher and Home Guard volunteer in Norwich as a teenager, took part in the D-Day landing aged just 19 and after recovering from shrapnel wounds in 1944 saw service in Belgium, Holland and Germany before returning to Lakenham after the war. His service also saw him involved in the clear-up operation at the Belsen concentration camp.
Jack Woods saw service with the 9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment in Italy and France as well as taking part in the fiercely-contested Battle of the Reichswald, as the Allies pushed into Germany in 1945. He is now the secretary of the Norwich and District Normandy Veterans Association.
Both men have made frequent returns to Normandy for D-Day remembrance services including back in June this year, for the 71st anniversary of the Allied landings.
Carrow Road will welcome both gentlemen with their friends and family as they bring out Saturday's matchball ahead of kick-off.
Last year support from the Premier League, its 20 member clubs and their fans, raised over £250,000 towards The Royal British Legion’s work supporting today’s generation of Armed Forces families and veterans, whether living with an injury or illness, coping with bereavement or finding employment.
On Saturday the Legion will be at Carrow Road along with locally-based service personnel who will be collecting for the charity outside the stadium with their distinctive red poppies.
The Canaries will have on their match shirts a poppy, with these shirts auctioned after the game to raise funds for The Poppy Appeal 2015.
Representatives of RAF Marham, the Royal Navy, ATC Sprowston Cadets and The Queens Dragoons will be invited pitchside to form a Guard of Honour to welcome the Community Heroes and the players onto the pitch and also take part in a half-time pitch parade.
We look forward to welcoming all our military guests, both past and present, to the game and please join them and football fans across the country in marking a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off.
There are still tickets available for the game – call 0844 826 1902 or you can buy them online by clicking HERE.