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VE Day 70th Anniversary 10th May 2015

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On Sunday 10th Mayl 2015 at Manningtree War Memorial, Members of the Manningtree & District Branch, Royal British Legion joined together with Veterans, Town Councillors, and many members of the Public to join together to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Committee Member Steve Sadler read out the below poem during the Service.

'I am not a badge of honour,

I am not a racist smear,

I am not a fashion statement,

To be worn but once a year,

I am not gloriification

Of conflict or of war.

I am not a paper ornament

A token,

I am more.

I am a loving memory,

Of a father or a son,

A permanent reminder

Of each and every one.

I'm paper or enamel

I'm old or shining new,

I'm a way of saying thank you,

To every one of you.

I am a simple poppy

A Reminder to you all,

That courage faith and honour,

Will stand where heroes fall.

(Copyright -Paul Hunter 2014)

 

We were also privileged to be joined by Stan Daines, a World War 2 Veteran, who had landed in Normandy with the Essex Regiment, and subsequently became a Prisoner of War. He read out a letter,dated 5th May 1945, sent to his family just after he had been liberated and has kindly allowed it to be reproduced below.

 

'Dear Mum DAD Pauline and Paul

Just a line to let you know I am ok and safe we were set free on 29th of last month by the YANKS. I received 21 letters from you when I was a prisoner. We are all hoping to get home soon. I see by your last letter Ray got married I hope to he's ok I am looking forward to seeing him and his wife. We are supposed to get 6 weeks leave when we return home lets hope it wont be long now.Give my kind regards to all my mates and friends and tell them I'll see them soon. Were getting plenty of food now which is a change and WHITE Bread, I hear the BBC news and mucis every day hear but I hope I shall soon here it at home. I have had several letters and a photo from Marie and I hope to see her soon I shall go there before I come home so don't be surprised to see me anytime now. I haven't received any parcels from home at all although I see there was some on the way. I have got some German junk. I hear the H.G (Home Guard) has be stood down but I surpose dad finds plenty to do. I hope you are better now Mum as I said I am ok and longing to put foot on Blighty once again. Well I must close now allthe best of luck for us

Love to all

Stan'

 

Photos of the Event are below

 

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