Sale Sharks to commemorate Armistice Day
Sale Sharks will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I when they host Saracens on Friday night’s Premiership Rugby Cup fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The club’s nearest home fixture to Armistice Day on November 11, the Sharks have organised several gestures in order to pay tribute to all those who served in the conflict.
This year marks a century since the armistice was signed to bring an end to First World War combat on November 11 1918.
Veterans from the nearby Broughton House charity and nursing home will be joined by army cadets selling poppies both outside the ground and in the hospitality section.
There will be a minute’s silence observed by all ahead of kick-off, with Royal British Legion flags displayed on the pitch, while a commemorative video is played on the big screens.
The match ball will be brought out onto the pitch by Craig Monaghan, Army Veteran and Sale Sharks Forces lead – one of Sale’s community programmes, which provides support for current and former armed forces personnel and is backed by the Royal British Legion.
In attendance at the AJ Bell will be Veterans from the programme, who were donated tickets by club sponsors Printerland, as well as RBL staff who help to support the Sharks Forces.
Sale will also mark Armistice Day at their Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture against Northampton Saints on November 24, for which tickets have been donated to 250 Veterans.
There will be Help for Heroes bucket collections, an Army Vehicle Display in the fanzone and a charity zip line raising money for Rock2Recovery at the match