On Saturday 15th August a small invited group of people met at the War Memorial in Central Park, Syston socially distanced as required due to the current pandemic.
Organised by John Collis and the Syston Royal British Legion (RBL) Branch the act of remembrance was lead by Phil Walden County chairman of the Royal British Legion.
He began the act of remembrance with:
‘They Shall Not Grow Old as We 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.’
This was followed by a trio from Syston Band playing the last post for the start of the silence with the RBL Standard bearer lowering the standard in honour of the people who lost their lives in the Far East, bringing WW2 to an end. Then Reveille when the flag was raised again.
Four wreaths were laid by Phil Walden, Cllr Tom Barkley on behalf of the Town Council plus one from our MP Edward Argar and Gary Taylor Chairman of the Syston RBL.
Phil Walden then gave the Kohima Epitaph, a verse especially written for the fallen in the Far East. It says:
‘When You Go Home
Tell Them of Us and Say,
For Your Tomorrow
We Gave Our Today.’
Phil thanked everyone who attended and paid tribute to the fallen in the Far East and that we do remember them, they are not the forgotten army.
The group then made their way to St Peter and St Paul where the daughter of W. F. Talbot whom we featured on the front page of the August issue laid a wreath at the RBL memorial stone.
See separate article for details.