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Salute to fallen of Far East
11:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
MEN who fell in the Second World War’s Far East campaign were remembered in a poignant ceremony in Evesham.
A VJ Day service was held at the Burma Star Memorial near the Almonry Gates in Evesham last Thursday to mark the anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of the war in 1945.
Maurice Smith, secretary of the Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association, gave the Exhortation.
This was followed by the Last Post with the lowering of all the standard flags and after two minutes’ silence, Reveille was sounded and Mr Smith delivered the Kohima Epitaph.
Responsibility for the service, organised for many years by the Evesham Burma Star Association, was taken over by the Royal British Legion two years ago.
Veteran Maurice Andrews, of Willersey, was unable to attend the ceremony but said he was delighted it had continued.
He said: “When we gave up the branch, the British Legion agreed to continue it. I gave it up very reluctantly but I am 91 now. The report is that it was very well attended.”
Roy Bates, vice-chairman of Evesham Royal British Legion, said: “It is a very important service as at the end of the war everybody started relaxing but there was still the war going on in the Far East. All the people in Burma and all the attacks – people are inclined to forget that bit.”
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