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Residents encouraged to join Burma Star service in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 20 February 2013

Residents encouraged to join Burma Star service in St Albans

Residents encouraged to join Burma Star service in St Albans

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of St Albans will join veterans at the Burma Star Assocation's service commemorating both VE and VJ day, which will take place at 3pm, August 1, in Jersey Farm's Woodland Park, St Albans.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of St Albans will join veterans at the Burma Star Assocations service commemorating both VE and VJ day, which will take place at 3pm, August 1, in Jersey Farms Woodland Park, St Albans.


The Mayor encourages everyone to join the veterans at the last official event that the St Albans Branch will attend, as their numbers have sadly decreased now that most of the members are in their 80s.


Reg Cox, Chairman of the Burma Star Association, commented, Most of the attendees are usually over the age of 40 and we sadly do not see any of the younger generation. We believe it is vital that subsequent generations should be aware of the price paid for their enjoyed freedoms and their democratic heritage.


'Perhaps attending this event could prove to be an enlightening and rewarding experience for youngsters and we hope they will come along and join us.


The Mayor Cllr Maxine Crawley commented, One of the most poignant moments of my year as Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District in 2008/9 was attending the annual Burma Star Commemorative Service and get together.The Standard Bearers stood proudly to attention throughout, despite being in their 80s, and the Chaplain was himself a Burma Star veteran.


There was a largeaudience of family, friends and others who came to respect these fine gentlemen and I was honoured to be amongst them.This year, sadly, is going to be the last year that this moving servicewill beheld, at Jersey Farm as there simply aren't enough members left to continue. I'll be there and I'd like this to be the biggest gathering yet, so that our veterans, who fought for our freedom, know how grateful we are to them.


The Deputy Mayor Cllr Beric Read commented, The soldiers in Burma fought not only the enemy, but also the worst of natural conditions such as temperature, humidity and insects that to most of us, would be unbearable. The Burma campaign is probably the least well known part of the war, and that is why it is so important to remember it.

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