Reflections of Remembrance Sunday

KOHIMARemembrance Sunday is an interesting day for me with two ceremonies to attend, all the more special this year as it’s the Hundred Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Across Forest Heath District Council area the Councillors aim to represent the Council and a coordinated approach is undertaken to make sure all acts of Remembrance at War Memorials have a wreath laid from FHDC in honour and remembrance of the fallen.

In the morning I go along to the ceremony at the Beck Row Parish War Memorial where a good few people gather, then it’s into the cars to the small War Graves Cemetery tucked in behind the village Church, where as the Roll of Honour is read out it tells the story of RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath in the Second World War with fallen from across the globe buried in this quite spot. After that it was into church for the Remembrance Day service in the small church ending with both the British and America National Anthems.

In the afternoon I stroll along the back streets where as a kid I played and rode my bike, arriving at the muster point at the far end of the village and then with the Splendid Lakenheath Silver Band at our head we marched through the village to lay wreaths at Lakenheath’s War Memorial. Literally hundreds of resident’s turnout to line the route and alongside the various, the School, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Brownies groups laid wreaths. I think seeing all the children taking part or watching with their parents this act of Remembrance is important to show War is not as portrayed in ‘Call of Duty 6’ on PS4 but something all-together more serious.

On the way into Church some of us discussed that it was also the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and I recall how I felt watching those momentous events live of television, that perhaps the world would become a more peaceful place, sadly not and the need for our Military and the USAF seem more relevant than ever.

The Church service is always quite something as the Silver Band stay and accompany the Hymns, a Silver Band is never a quiet thing and it was as always a magnificent sound in the village church particularly at the end when the National Anthems are sung. The day ends with a short march back to the village Peace Memorial Hall where I agreed to become a member of the Lakenheath Branch of the Legion to help as best I can as it works hard to keep its number up and the traditions that so engage the village community on the day a year we all stop to give thanks to those who gave their tomorrows for our todays.

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 Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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