Since 1921 The Royal British Legion's mission has been to help those members of the serving and ex-service community who needed it.
Eighty-six years on and the Legion continues to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces.
The Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds to maintain the Legion's many welfare schemes and last year a fantastic total of more than £30million was raised nationally, an all-time record.
The Legion is currently developing a welfare programme to reach out to many more people who are entitled to help. Inevitably, this exciting and very necessary programme will be costly and so it will be more important than ever that the Poppy Appeal increases to contribute to the overall fundraising programme.
Last year, thanks to the generosity of the borough's residents, the Harrow branch of the Royal British Legion collected the magnificent sum of £50,319.34, and on behalf of the branch, can I thank you all most sincerely for your contributions.
As first citizen of the borough, can I ask all residents to support the 2008 Poppy Appeal in whatever way you can, to enable the Legion to meet the ever-increasing needs of the serving and ex-service community.
Can I also encourage everyone to attend the united act of remembrance at the Harrow War Memorial at the Civic Centre at 10.45am on Sunday, November 9. This is our opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our future.
COUNCILLOR JOHN NICKOLAY
Mayor of Harrow