OPEN DAY AT THE MEMORIAL 24th JUNE 2007

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Some of the military displays

US Dodge Light Truck on display

US 6 x 4 Truck on display

The ubiquitous Jeep!

US Dodge Light Truck on display

US 6 x 4 Truck on display

The ubiquitous Jeep!

Ford V8 Truck in Desert Colours

Some of the historial displays, with 17-pdr anti-tank gun under the camoflague netting and a Bren Gun carrier towing a 6-pdr anti-tank behind, from the East Anglian Tank Museum.

View of the 17-pdr anti-tank gun under the netting.

Ford V8 Truck in Desert Colours

Some of the historial displays, with 17-pdr anti-tank gun under the camoflague netting and a Bren Gun carrier towing a 6-pdr anti-tank behind, from the East Anglian Tank Museum.

View of the 17-pdr anti-tank gun under the netting.

Bren Gun Carrier, in the markings of 8th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, 29th Armoured Brigade, 11th Armoured Division, from the East Anglian Tank Museum.

The M18 'Hellcat' on its transporter ready to go home. The M18 was never used by the British Army.

As well as displays, food and drink was available, after all an Army does march on its stomach!

Bren Gun Carrier, in the markings of 8th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, 29th Armoured Brigade, 11th Armoured Division, from the East Anglian Tank Museum.

The M18 'Hellcat' on its transporter ready to go home. The M18 was never used by the British Army.

As well as displays, food and drink was available, after all an Army does march on its stomach!

 

Some pictures of the parade and the service at the memorial

The veterans and the visitors gather despite the rain

The veterans and the visitors gather equipped for rain!

Veterans 'catching up' before the service

The veterans and the visitors gather despite the rain

The veterans and the visitors gather equipped for rain!

Veterans 'catching up' before the service

Veterans by the memorial

The British Legion Standards lead the parade, to the applauds of the crowd.

The British Legion Standards form up around the memorial.

Veterans by the memorial

The British Legion Standards lead the parade, to the applaudes of the crowd.

The British Legion Standards form up around the memorial.

M18 'Hellcat' Tank Destroyer brings up the rear of the parade

Inspection of service personnel from 1st Royal Tank Regiment and units from the modern day 7th Armoured Brigade, by Lt. Gen Mullens and Lady Gillian Sheppard.

Presentation to Mr Andrew Auster, the retiring Headmaster of Orwell Park School, in gratitude for his help with the regular events held there each year.

M18 'Hellcat' Tank Destroyer brings up the rear of the parade

Inspection of service personnel from 1st Royal Tank Regiment and units from the modern day 7th Armoured Brigade, by Lt. Gen Mullens and Lady Gillian Sheppard.

Presentation to Mr Andrew Auster, the retiring Headmaster of Orwell Park School, in gratitude for his help with the regular events held there each year.

Close up of the Jerboa presented to Mr Andrew Auster

Rev David Hanwell conducting the service at the Memorial

Mr Terry Waite reading the poem - Lest We Forget. (Please see the words below)

Close up of the Jerboa presented to Mr Andrew Auster

Rev David Hanwell conducting the service at the Memorial

Mr Terry Waite reading the poem - Lest We Forget. (Please see the words below)

An the band played on! Nice & dry in their tent the Ipswich Band provided the music for the service.

The British Legion Standards are lowered as the "Last Post" is sounded. Alas the 1st RTR Pipes & Drums and hence the usual 'Lone Piper' were sent away on duty a few days before the Open Day.

Another picture of the British Legion Standards being lowered as the "Last Post" is sounded.

An the band played on! Nice & dry in their tent the Ipswich Band provided the music for the service.

The British Legion Standards are lowered as the "Last Post" is sounded. Alas the 1st RTR Pipes & Drums and hence the usual 'Lone Piper' were sent away on duty a few days before the Open Day.

Another picture of the British Legion Standards being lowered as the "Last Post" is sounded.

The "Last Post"

Mr Terry Waite, OBE, signing autographs after the service.

What the service was all about! Floreat Jerboa

The "Last Post"

Mr Terry Waite, OBE, signing autographs after the service.

What the service was all about! Floreat Jerboa

 

 

Lest We Forget

 
 

Why do you still march Old Man, with medals on your chest?

Why do you grieve Old Man, for those friends you laid to rest?

Why do your eyes still gleam Old Man, when you hear the bugles blow?

Tell me, why do you cry old man for those days so long ago?

 

I'll tell you why I march with medals on my chest.

I'll tell you why I grieve young man for those I laid to rest.

Through misty fields of gossamer silk come visions of distant times,

When boys of tender age lost lives, and mothers pined.

 

We buried them in a blanket shroud, their young flesh scorched and blackened.

A communal grave, newly gouged in bloodstained gorse and bracken.

And you ask me why I march young man - I march to remind you all

That for those apple-blossomed youths, you would never have known freedom at all.

 

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