BLIND veteran Bob Strickland will be marching to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
Bob, from Fareham, will be walking with more than 100 other veterans for charity Blind Veterans UK which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The 78-year-old served in the Army in the 33rd Parachute Field Regiment Royal Artillery as a short-time regular.
He was trained as a signaller and served in Cyprus, Egypt and Aden.
After the Army, Bob worked as a cartographer drawing maps for aircraft and ships for 44 years until retirement.
He noticed he was starting to lose his sight when he couldn’t see half of his wife’s face. He was later diagnosed with optic atrophy. His sight continued to worsen over the years and in 2002 he was registered blind.
I’m honoured to march with Blind Veterans UK because we’ve all got two things in common that connects us; we’ve served our country and we’re visually impairedBob Strickland
Bob said: ‘Remembrance means a lot to me because of all those who served before me and lost their lives.
‘They deserve to be remembered. I’m honoured to march with Blind Veterans UK because we’ve all got two things in common that connects us; we’ve served our country and we’re visually impaired.’
He added: ‘Blind Veterans UK made me able to look after my life. They’ve provided training to live independently with sight loss including cane training and cookery lessons.’