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A moving tribute to fallen heroes

PUBLISHED: 18:23 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

A moving tribute to fallen heroes

A moving tribute to fallen heroes

Key members of the armed forces, RBL veterans, regional council members and local school children gathered at the Memorial Woodlands to pay their respects to local fallen heroes

A moving tribute
to fallen heroes

Key members of the armed forces, RBL veterans, regional council members and local school children gathered at the Memorial Woodlands,on Thursday, May 17, 2012 to pay their respects to local fallen heroes at the third annual Service of Remembrance at the South West Woodland War Memorial.

The service was held in the onsite chapel and was led by military chaplain, Padre Steven Forster CF, who delivered a moving tribute to the regions servicemen and woman who have lost their lives during combat since the turn of the millennium.

The reading of the roll of honour was shared by, Commander Richard Bridger RN, Colonel Jonathan Wright (late PWRR), Captain Ian McGill RM and Squadron Leader Darryn Rawlins RAF, before the procession to the tree encircled war memorial where the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Robert Bernays OBE and representatives from each of the armed forces lay their wreaths. The Bugler from 1Rifles closed the service with the sounding of the Last Post.

Christopher Baker, founder of Memorial Woodlands, says, It was an honour and a privilege to be able to host the Service of Remembrance again this year. We created the memorial in collaboration with the forces three years ago and the annual service is always a very poignant occasion where we pay our respects and remember those from across our region who we have lost their lives in the service of their country.

The war memorial was inaugurated in 2010 to commemorate the servicemen and women from across the South West who have lost their lives in service since the turn of the millennium.


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