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Schoolboy salutes military veterans with special poem

PUBLISHED: 15:48 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:10 23 August 2010

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A NINE-YEAR-OLD school boy will read a poem in front of the crowds in Trafalgar Square as part of a free event to mark Remembrance Day. Silence in Square, hosted by the Royal British Legion, will be held at the famous venue in central London on Wednesday

A NINE-YEAR-OLD school boy will read a poem in front of the crowds in Trafalgar Square as part of a free event to mark Remembrance Day.

Silence in Square, hosted by the Royal British Legion, will be held at the famous venue in central London on Wednesday November 11.

George Taylor, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, is the Royal British Legion's official cub campaigner after he wrote to MP Adam Holloway to demand more help for war veterans.

In his latest role he will begin the programme of entertainment by reading a poem by a Korean War veteran called George Loudin, titled "British Soldier."

Following the poem, performances will include music from Indie band Athlete and a two minute silence. Guests will then be invited to scatter poppy petals in the fountains in a symbolic act of Remembrance.

The Shears Green Primary School pupil said: "I am not really nervous, it is something I am really looking forward to doing.

"It is a sad poem, and it will be very moving, and people might get a bit emotional.

"I am very pleased to have been asked and my whole family will be there to support me on the day, I hope the Chelsea Pensioners are able to make it as well.

"Events like this are very important, and we need to get the messages out to people that these war veterans need help."

Since George became the Legion's official campaigner, he has met the Queen when she opened the Legions new headquarters in Borough, south London in February, and also Veterans Minister Kevan Jones.

He also wrote a letter which was sent to schools across the country asking pupils to write postcards to veterans to show their support. Last Sunday, George met with Colin Gould, of the Fairway, Gravesend, who has made a life sized model of a man made of poppies to promote this year's Poppy Appeal.

Mr Gould, who organises the distribution of Poppies in Gravesham, spent three weeks making the model, which is made from chicken wire and more than 2000 poppies.

George added: "The Poppy man was really good, it looked great and it was good to get my picture taken with it.

"I really enjoy what I do and I hope to be able to carry on with it in the future."

George's mother Cheryl Taylor, 35, said: "We are all very proud of George. This is something that he really believes in as is very, very passionate about.

"We will all be there to support him.

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