Defence Secretary urges Sun readers to buy a poppy to back troops on the Covid frontline


THE Defence Secretary today urges Sun readers to buy a poppy for our troops serving on the Covid front line.

Ben Wallace praised their commitment as 2,500 arrived in Liverpool to begin mass virus testing.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace urges Sun readers to buy a poppy today for those troops serving on the Covid frontline

2,500 troops arrived in Liverpool to support mass testing for Covid-19

He told HOAR the military have been central to the UK’s pandemic battle, but added: “There were no carers’ claps for them and much of what they have done has been unseen.

“I am proud that Defence has played — and will continue to play — a major part in easing these pressures.

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“Whilst Remembrance weekend will look very different this year, please buy a poppy and think of our brave armed forces — both those who fought for our freedoms in the past, and those fighting for us to be able to regain them today.”

He added: “The UK’s Armed Forces have contributed their skills to local planning, testing, transport and logistics.

“They have, as ever, gone the extra mile, and will continue to go above and beyond.”

Explaining the role played by the military in Liverpool this week, Mr Wallace said: “At 47 sites around the city, men and women in combats will administer Covid tests to the people.”

Despite Remembrance Day looking different this year, Wallace pleas for everyone to buy a poppy today and think of our Armed Forces

While all three services will support the scheme, the majority will be drawn from the Army, including 8 Engineer Brigade, the Royal Anglian Regiment and the King’s Royal Hussars.

He added: “In addition to carrying out tests and supporting the Drop and Collect capability, we’re providing logisticians and bio-medical scientists, too.”

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