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  • Local veterans pay their respects at national Remembrance site

    Henry James

    MEMBERS of the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association enjoyed a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum, the country’s year-round national site of Remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield.

    They were joined by family and friends for the visit to the 150-acre site described as a “living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.”

    During their visit the veterans and guests paid their respects to members of the armed forces who had died in both World Wars, the Falklands conflict, Northern Ireland, the two Gulf Wars and Afghanistan.

    And they enjoyed an extensive tour of site, which also remembers victims of terrorism, situated in picturesque Staffordshire countryside.

    Meanwhile, closer to home the Skelmersdale Veterans are planning visits to local primary schools to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, complete with memorabilia associated with both World Wars.

    Any school interested playing host to the association is asked to contact Alan Lewis on 07939 660 048.

    The veterans are also teaming up with Skelmersdale Action for Youth (SAY) and Skelmersdale Library to create a Silent Soldier display at the library again.

    A Silent Soldier was on display at the library in Southway last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War One.

    Veterans will also be on hand at the display with memorabilia from the World Wars as well as more recent conflicts.

    The group’s chairman, Alan Lewis, said: “I would like to offer my thanks to Paul Mosquito for planning the trip to the National Memorial Arboretum and also to all the veterans and civilians who attended.”

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