We Will Remember Them The Royal British Legion Berlin Branch.
Mr George Newman MBE- Bundesverdienstkreuz with Band R.I.P
Mr Harry Spinks R.I.P
Mr Ray Gullan R.I.P
Monday 5th November 2012
Frau Sabine Kupsch a long time member of The Berlin has sadly passed away after a long illness.
Mrs Margaret Kerr has sadly passed away on the 07,02,2013.
Wednesday 26th March 2014
Mr. Lawrence ( Larry ) McGovern Late RAF a long time member of The Berlin RBL Branch has sadly passed away after a long illness.
It is with sadness that we announce that Chris Robberts has recently passed away.
He had long been an active supporter and advocate of the Royal British Legion Berlin Branch and of The Legion ideals.
His passing will be mourned by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Details of his funeral will be published as soon as they are available.
Your Committee 21st August 2015.
Chris' funeral service will be in the chapel in Neuer St Michael Friedhof at 12.00 on Friday 25 September. The entrance is at Gottlieb-Dunkel-Straße 29. Parking in the area isn't that good so please allow yourselfs plenty of time. The chapel is about 150 meters from the entrance and the burial plot is back near the entrance.
The traditional "Service of Remembrance" will be held in St George's Church on
Prior to the Service there will be a "Wreath-laying Ceremony" at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in the Heer Str. commencing at 09.45 hrs.
"Lest we forget"….
The Annual Service Of Remembrance is a unique expression of national homage devoted to those who had given their lives in war. It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War, the ceremony was extended to focus on both world wars and subsequent conflicts.
However, there are people who decry this annual ceremony saying it is better to forget and that such ceremonies merely seek to glorify war. They regard old soldiers
with their medals and wreaths and the silence as an anachronism in a world fearful of the nuclear threat. Such people are ignorant of our purpose in keeping alive memories of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice. That purpose whilst serving the present, is to point a finger at the past and a warning to the future, for if experience of the past cannot be learned and remembered, then assuredly, the outlook for the world is bleak indeed. There is nothing hostile in remembrance its significance is as great for ex-foes as ourselves.
The following words which seem to get to the crux of the matter, were added to a school Memorial after the Second World War.
" Read through our names, and think of us now dead,
Who stood here once like you and also read,
The names of men in another war
Died as we died. And see there be no more".
Perhaps if Remembrance Day and all it stands for is appreciated in this true sense the most confused of us will appreciate its true value.
LET US REMEMBER THEM !!!
To refresh our memories…
The First World War caused widespread devastation to Northern France and Belgium but the poppies flowered every year bringing colour and hope to the devastated landscape. Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian Army Doctor, was deeply moved and wrote a poem "Flanders Fields" about the poppies. Another officer of the First World War, founded the "Disabled Society". He recognised unemployed ex-servicemen could make artificial poppies and approached the Legion. He founded a small factory which became the "The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory". The first official Legion Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11th November,1921. The proceeds from the sale of poppies at Remembrance time go the Legion Benevolent Fund and the money is used for welfare purposes to help ex-servicemen and women and their dependants in need.
Poppies will be on the sale at the Branch Headquarters in the near future - please give generously and don't forget to
"Wear your poppy with pride!"
Mr William Sheckleston OBE .