South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, has pledged his support for a new campaign launched by the Royal British Legion to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War.
This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and the charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to recognise the legacy left to us by the entire First World War generation.
‘Thank You’ honours not only the 1.1 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives in the First World War, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.
Alberto said “I was pleased to visit the Royal British Legion’s stand at Conservative Party conference earlier this month to hear about their work leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War. Thousands of men from South Leicestershire as well as the wider county contributed tremendously to the war effort, and of course, they are most deserving our eternal thanks and gratitude, hence why I am very pleased to support the Royal British Legion’s excellent new campaign”.
Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, added, “We all have a connection to the First World War, for me it is Private Ross Ryan, my grandfather, and we all have a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation.
“Whether your personal ‘Thank You’ is an event dedicated to those who made a difference in your community, a visit to a place of significance, or a simple tweet, there’s no limit to the ways people can take part. We are making a plea to every single person across the UK to get involved and take a moment in this very significant year to say ‘Thank You’.”
For further information and to find out how you can get involved in the ‘Thank You’ movement, please visit rbl.org.uk/thankyou and share your story on with #ThankYou100.