Remembered in Winchester
Posted by Andy Goddard
Posted in News
Dozens of County Council staff gathered at the war memorial next to the Great Hall in Winchester to pay their respects to servicemen and women who lost their lives in war, including members of Council staff.
Chairman Colin Davidovitz led the Act of Remembrance as staff and councillors stood shoulder to shoulder to observe the two minute silence.
He asked them to remember and commemorate all the servicemen and women who died in war, their bereaved families and friends, as well as wounded servicemen and women who returned with terrible injuries.
He also saluted members of the Armed Forces who, he said, continued to place themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others. A wreath was laid at the ‘To Honour a Promise’ memorial unveiled during Armed Forces Week earlier this year.
Among those proudly wearing their poppies was Lieutenant Commander Keith Whitehead RD RNR (pictured), a member of the Royal Navy Reserve for 29 years, and also a Chartered Building Surveyor working within Hampshire Property Services:
“I wear a poppy badge all year to act as a constant remembrance to others and myself of the ultimate sacrifice made by servicemen and women over the years.
“In particular I want to remember the sacrifice made by my Great Uncle who was a member of the Hampshire Regiment (TA) and who died as a prisoner of war in 1917 while serving in Mesopotamia now known as Iraq.”
Hampshire County Council supported the annual Poppy Appeal by placing poppies within its premises to help raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion, whose welfare services are as important as they have ever been for the forces, their families, those making the transition to civilian life and veterans.