Remembrance Ceremony in Bude, 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

By Binzy Reynolds:

A small group Veterans and members of the public gathered today on Shalder Hill by Bude’s war memorial, to remember those who gave their lives in the struggle to overcome Japan during the Second World War.

Due to the Covid pandemic the turnout was smaller than expected, with many still shielding or self-isolating.

The Royal British Legion Standard was carried by Mr Dave Worth with Mr Tanky Williams carrying the Royal Naval Association Standard and the Veterans formed up either side of the war memorial at 10.55.

Photos from Bude-Stratton Branch of the British Legion Facebook page, by Godfrey Harrison.

Mr Godfrey Harrison began the two minute’s silence at 11.00hrs. After a short blast on a whistle ended the two minute’s silence, D-Day Veteran Mr Alan Litchfield, quoted part of Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ poem and the Kohima Epitaph.

For the Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


Kohima Epitaph

When you go home,                                                                                                                                                       

Tell them of us and say,                                                                                                                                                 

For your tomorrow,                                                                                                                                                         

We gave our today

Wreaths were laid by Mr Godfrey Harrison and Mr Bob Willingham (the Mayor of Bude), then a short prayer was said by Deacon Debbie Marsh, thanking those who sacrificed their lives all those years ago, so we can live the lives we live today.

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