Remembrance Weekend

On Friday at the 11th hour of the 11th day I was at Duxford Air Museum for a political Lunch and took the opportunity to have a good look around and observed the 2 minute silence standing between a Spitfire and a modern euro fighters quite a fitting place to be really.

On Saturday morning I attended a small quiet ceremony in West Row and laid a wreath to honour the fallen from that small rural community.

Yesterday was a very busy Sunday, first at the War Memorial in Beck Row at which I again laid a wreath on behalf of Suffolk County Council, then a quick drive to the Church for a ceremony at the War Graves, at the back of the church, before a Church Service.

The War Graves is the final resting place of 51 American Aircrew, 14 Canadian, 5 Australians and 4 from New Zealand all of whom fought their Second World War from Mildenhall and Lakenheath Air Bases and who paid the ultimate sacrifice, in the Roll of Honour special mention is made of a young man who was killed after 22 successful missions and found to be only 17 years old.

In the afternoon I was again honoured to lay a wreath in my home village, the sheer numbers of people who make the effort makes me really proud to come from Lakenheath; as over 120 of us young and old from the primary school pupils to old soldiers who fought for this country in many conflicts since the Second World War march from one end of the village to the War memorial with the splendid Lakenheath Silver Band at our head as we watch many hundreds of people turn out to pay their respects.

It really is quite an honour to lay a wreath at the foot of the memorial where so many names from my extended family and the village are recorded having defended our way of life with their own. Once the wreaths are laid we march to the village church for a Service of Remembrance with standing room only, instead of the organ playing, the hymns are accompanied by the Silver Band it’s quite a noisy but fitting sound.

At the end of the day after we have march on to the British Legion for a cup of tea, I walked home thinking of all the services I have attended in the Village Church over the years from family baptisms including my own, to weddings and indeed funerals and these Remembrance Services over the years and the sense of community that exists in the village that sees so many people take part in these important acts of Remembrance to those who gave their lives for all of us.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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