This year's poppy appeal in Devon was launched this weekend with marching bands, cadets, and military veterans parading through the centre of Exeter. Last year's appeal in the county raised a record £1 million, a figure they hope to top this year.
The poppy appeal launch involved young cadets from all three services. They marched with serving personnel, reservists, and many who'd done their bit in previous years. The Lord Lt of Devon took the salute alongside the Lord Mayor of Exeter as they headed for the Cathedral.
Marching in their midst was 92 year old former Royal Marine and World War Two veteran Richard Staves.
The Air Cadets Band thought leading the parade was a great honour and very exciting.
The poppy appeal is well supported in a county with so many military links over hundred of years.
The fund raising for ex-service people in need goes on throughout the year. There's a major art installation in Exeter's Northerhay Gardens in a few months, linked to the First World War.
Jake Moores, President of the Royal British Legion in Devon says the installation is to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme:
The poppy appeal last year in the west country raised over £3 million, or around a pound for every man, woman, and child. It's a big target to try to raise more than that this year, but it's something they are determined to achieve.