Disabled veterans from The Royal Star & Garter Homes paid tribute to the Fallen at several Remembrance events, in the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme and the Charity’s own Centenary.
Residents attended a special Western Front Association service at The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on Friday 11 November.
The Charity’s Surbiton Home also held a Remembrance Service for those unable to travel. Residents, staff and volunteers shared the service, led by Reverend Helen Hancock of St Matthew’s Church. Students from the German School and Southborough High School read Sergeant-Major James Milne’s First World War Letter, ‘My Own Beloved Wife’, in English and German before lighting a candle of reconciliation.
On Sunday 13 November, a group of residents from the Home, accompanied by staff, joined the March Past at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall to commemorate Remembrance Day in the presence of the Charity’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.
The Charity’s Chief Executive, Andy Cole, attended the Remembrance event at the Cenotaph with residents, staff and volunteers. He commented: “It was an honour to attend this year’s Remembrance Sunday parade with our residents, to remember and to pay tribute to veterans past and present who have served our nation. This year marks the centenary of the Battles of the Somme and Jutland as well as the Charity’s own centenary so it is especially important to our veterans to march here.”