OPEN DAY AT THE MEMORIAL 20th JUNE 2010

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Some pictures of the parade and the service at the memorial

The Royal Marine Cadet Band practices before the parade and service. A Royal Marine Band was also part of the Berlin Victory Parade on 21st July 1945.

The Royal British Legion Standard Bearers start to form up before the parade,

The veterans by the memorial before the service.

The Royal Marine Cadet Band practices before the parade and service. A Royal Marine Band was also part of the Berlin Victory Parade on 21st July 1945.

The Royal British Legion Standard Bearers start to form up before the parade,

The veterans by the memorial before the service.

The Royal Marine Cadet Band leads the parade to the memorial.

The Royal British Legion Standard Bearers marching to the memorial.

The Parade forms up

The Royal Marine Cadet Band leads the parade to the memorial.

The Royal British Legion Standard Bearers marching to the memorial.

The Parade forms up

Those at the Open Day wish Mr Wally Heeley a happy 90th Birthday.

The parade is inspected by Baroness Shephard

The Veterans are inspected by Baroness Shephard

Those at the Open Day wish Mr Wally Heeley a happy 90th Birthday.

The parade is inspected by Baroness Shephard

The Veterans are inspected by Baroness Shephard

The Veterans meet modern day service personnel.

The standards begin to be lowered at the start of the two minute silence.

The standards are lowered during the two minute silence.

The Veterans meet modern day service personnel.

The standards begin to be lowered at the start of the two minute silence.

The standards are lowered during the two minute silence.

The Last Post is sounded!

Rev David Hanwell delivers the blessing towards the end of the service.

Dignatries lay their wreaths.

The Last Post is sounded!

Rev David Hanwell delivers the blessing towards the end of the service.

Dignatries lay their wreaths.

Local Mayors prepare to lay their wreaths.

A veteran prepares to lay their wreath.

A Harvard Trainer flies overhead after dropping the poppies at the end of the service.

Local Mayors prepare to lay their wreaths.

A veteran prepares to lay their wreath.

A Harvard Trainer flies overhead after dropping the poppies at the end of the service.

Poppies fall from the sky at the end of the service.

The memorial adorned by wreaths after the service.

Close up of the memorial and wreaths after the service.

Poppies fall from the sky at the end of the service.

The memorial adorned by wreaths after the service.

Close up of the memorial and wreaths after the service.

 

 

Some pictures of the displays and stalls at the open day

Display vehicles and recoilless rifle

Some WW2 vehicles on display, some on Divisional Markings

More of the static displays.

Display vehicles and recoiless rifle

Some WW2 vehicles on display, some on Divisional Markings

More of the static displays.

Chindit Display. Remember men from the 7th Armoured Brigade fought in the early days of the Burma Campaign.

Jive Dancers at the Open Day, with the Silver Bird Band, in the back ground.

View of the displays with the Iceni Brewery stall on the right hand side.

Chindit Display. Remember men from the 7th Armoured Brigade fought in the early days of the Burma Campaign.

Jive Dancers at the Open Day, with the Silver Bird Band, in the back ground.

View of the displays with the Iceni Brewery stall on the right hand side.

People and service personnel mingle after the service.

After the service, time for a drink and something to eat.

People and service personnel mingle after the service.

After the service, time for a drink and something to eat.

 

As published in the Remembrance Service Programme

 

The Graves at Mersa Matruh

 
 

How often do you folks at home
Think of sandy graves without a stone,
Where sleep our comrades brave and true,
Out in the desert at Mersa Matruh.

The raging sandstorms awake them not,
They're cool below but above is hot
The trails of the desert are over them,
They fought and died like Englishmen.

Do you not feel pride in your heart 
Where you think may be a friend took part 
in the struggles for the empire, Britain and you,
And lay down their lives at Mersa Matruh.

On honoured scroll their names shall shine,
And will not dim through pass of time
In years to come we will remember them
As soldiers of the empire and British men

Then forget them not you folks at home, 
Those men who lie in the desert alone,
They died for their country, Britain and you 
In the western desert of Mersa Matruh

 

 

 

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