OA Attends Cenotaph Service

Richard Sankey, an OA Trustee, attended the Remembrance Sunday service in central London.

The Prince of Wales laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the Queen, who watched for the first time from a Foreign Office balcony. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry also attended, alongside other members of the Royal Family.

Across the UK a two-minute silence was held, and poppy wreaths were laid at war memorials to remember those who died in conflict.

It is the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, where approximately a third of a million British and Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, including many officers. Those who survived World War One often struggled to find financial support, healthcare, housing and employment. The OA was founded to help demobilised officers rebuild their lives.

Richard Sankey, a former  officer in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, said: “I was honoured to represent the OA at the Cenotaph. Since 1914, thousands of British officers have died in conflicts around the world. Even today, they are fulfilling dangerous roles to make the world safer.”

For its annual Poppy Appeal, the Royal British Legion (TRBL) asked people to #RethinkRemembrance, by recognising the sacrifices made by the military family, past and present. The OA will receive 7.5% of the Poppy Appeal street collection to support our vital work. Under this funding agreement, the OA does not independently fundraise to avoid competing with the TRBL and other Service charities.

For almost a century, the OA has supported former and serving officers. Our Employment team focuses on helping them to find new, fulfilling careers after leaving the Services. Our Benevolence team provides advice and financial support when needed. Find out more by watching the video below.