Volunteers line streets for Poppy Day

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Volunteers and members of the Returned Services Association are dotted about the region today with a smile and a box of remembrance poppies for Poppy Day.

There are 16 stations to support the RSA and pick up a poppy from in the CBD alone, Naval Reserve Phillip Rowe is among those manning a table.

Dressed in his Naval Reserve uniform, Phillip has been attracting quite a few public donations.

“People have absolutely been showing their support, we’ve got a nearly full box of donations already.

“A few people come past and tell stories about their fathers and grandfathers in the war so thats been really good, we’re here to have a listen and they ask about my service so its great to engage with the public like that.”

Phillip served as a Lieutenant Commander in both the United Kindom and New Zealand Navy for 30 years.

“I travelled around most of the world actually but I did a couple of tours in Antarctica which was probably one of the highlights,” says Phillip. “And I was in the Persian Gulf during the troubles there in the 2000s so I’ve been around a bit and seen a few things which has been good.”

Phillip, who retired from the Navy and joined the naval reserve last September says Poppy day is such an important part of honouring those that fought for New Zealand.

“This is the first year I’ve actually done it but I’ll be here every year now, as long as I’m in Nelson.

“I think we need to keep the memory alive every year, of the men who went before us and fought for our freedom and days like this is a chance for the public to aknowledge that and donate to the RSA which is a great cause.”