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‘At the going down of the sun, we will remember them’

FUNDRAISING From left, British Legion volunteers Glenys Cook, Harry Marrington and Vicky Hollins, the then Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham Trevor and Ruth Cartwright, and volunteer  Ken Tomlinson in 2011

FUNDRAISING From left, British Legion volunteers Glenys Cook, Harry Marrington and Vicky Hollins, the then Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham Trevor and Ruth Cartwright, and volunteer Ken Tomlinson in 2011

  • by Harry Marrington
 

IN November I visited the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, to pay my respects to all those who fought for our country and to honour those who are still fighting today.

I went with a few veterans and Carol Canham from the women’s section of the Royal British Legion of Fareham.

Mrs Canham laid a wreath at the Menin Gate on November 9, so that it would be there for 11 o’clock on November 11.

She also laid a wreath on behalf of the Normandy Veterans of Portsmouth branch 10.

I think it is important that we recognise the work that the women do for the British Legion.

It is sad to see that there are no veterans left from the First World War.

As the numbers of us veterans from the Second World War decline, it is the women who carry this important message.

We should never forget those who fought.

I have visited the Menin Gate memorial a few times and it is such an honour to see that they still recognise the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in World War II.

The memorial is located at the point where the road starts that led Allied soldiers to the front line.

At 8pm every day a bugler plays the Last Post.

It is so heartening to witness.

I go there every year to pay tribute.

Now there are so very few of us left, it is only the ladies who fight to keep our message.

I wish to thank Mrs Canham who laid the wreaths. It is important we recognise her.

Let us not forget them - the two World Wars and the boys who are fighting today.

 

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