11 November marks Remembrance Day, the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Remembrance Sunday is held every year on the second Sunday of the month. Ryan Knight, the Trust's Veteran's Alliance Champion, shares his thoughts on this year's commemorations:
I am increasingly humbled and proud of the important work the ELFT Veterans Alliance is undertaking and the genuine commitment and collaboration from the many areas throughout the trust.
A key aim of the Veterans Alliance is to ensure the needs of our Armed Forces Veteran community are better understood. Collectively we continue to raise awareness, provide training and support to our staff and identify opportunities for employment for our Veteran community within ELFT.
Everyone can play a key role in this by firstly identifying the Veterans within our services, raising awareness of their needs and even becoming a Veterans Champion within your respective departments.
With Remembrance Day fast approaching this can be a difficult time for many. I choose to use this opportunity to remember those past and present who have served and to reflect and acknowledge those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
It is important we remember; many choose to buy and wear a poppy. Poppies were chosen as a symbol of remembrance as many of the battlefields in WW1 had poppies growing in them. The much needed funds that are raised from poppy sales greatly assist support services for the Veteran community.
They shall grow not old
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. – Laurence Binyon
Ryan Knight- ELFT Veterans Champion
For more information on the NHS Veteran's Alliance and ELFT's role, visit the ELFT Veteran's Alliance page here.