Letter: Remembering those that served and died in 'Forgotten Wars'
Date published: 29 May 2018
Wall of Remembrance in Heywood
Sadly, during my period in service, I attended the funerals of several friends and colleagues who were killed while serving abroad in Aden, Germany, Kenya and Malaya.
In those days they were laid to rest in the country in which they died.
Thankfully, the system changed in the Falklands War and relatives were given a choice of their loved ones being buried where they died or being repatriated.
I welcomed that change, as there is nothing sadder than widows, parents or children being unable to afford to visit the grave of their family member.
With this in mind, I decided that there ought to be a place where relatives of people killed in the so called 'Forgotten Wars' could come to commemorate the lives of their people so I began arranging a local Service of Remembrance, I also lobbied strongly for a Wall of Remembrance in Heywood.
It took many years for the Council to finally agree to implement the idea of the wall but eventually the people of Heywood had a focal point where they could visit to remember their loved ones and attend the parades and services designed specifically for them
The services still continue, and are currently a joint initiative between Lancashire Veterans Association and Aden Veterans Association.
This year the service will take place on Saturday 23 June, Armed Forces Day, with the form up at 11.50am, and the service at 12.00 noon in Heywood Gardens of Remembrance.
Lancashire Veterans Association
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