Remembrance Day 2014
Some photographs from
the Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance opening yesterday, 6 November. As you can see it
was HRH Prince Harry who performed the opening; HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was
with HM the Queen, and HRH Prince William I think, at Wellington Barracks for
the dedication of a new memorial containing the
It was a crisp, chilly morning, but that didn’t keep the numbers down or the crowds away. Prince Harry was on very good form and shared a few words with pretty much every one who was in front of their plots. The larger crosses are labelled from the Provost Marshal and All Ranks RAF Police; the National Chairman, Executive Council and All Members RAF Police Association; and also, because the Branch paid for one, the Chairman, Committee and All Members RAF Police Association, London & Home Counties Branch. A named cross was planted for each named person on the RAF Police Association website Roll of Honour – compiled and maintained by Steve Davies. My thanks got to L&HC Branch member Frank Turner for preparing all of those crosses.
Additionally one of each of the Remembrance religious / non-religious markers was planted “For All RAF Police Who Have Fallen”. I also planted named crosses for those former RAFP personnel who have recently died: Dave Copland, Keith Adams, Eric Harrison and Liz Taylor. There is just about enough room for a few others to be planted if people are so minded.
The photo of Prince Harry planting his cross – with me in the far background – was taken from the BBC website, so if that one is published anywhere due recognition should be made. The two photos of the plot were taken by me and the one of Prince Harry speaking with me was taken by a lady stood behind us.
Taken from the BBC website
John Davage after the Lower Winchendon service
Barry Swallow - Melton Mowbray
Alan Weeks carried the North East Branch Standard at the Memorial Gardens, Newbiggen by the Sea, Northumberland Remembrance Sunday Ceremony. A wreath was laid on behalf of the North East Branch. The large poppy circle which stands at the centre of the Memorial Gardens was created using poppies from wreaths laid at earlier years ceremonies
Due to being the organiser of the Remembrance Services for Blackburn with Darwen
Borough Council I am unable to parade in person but feel really honoured to be
able to ensure that the RAF Police are represented here in Blackburn and
The link is from our local Lancashire Telegraph, we have certainly had the largest turn out for all the services.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council