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Area marks VJ Day

Created on 16/08/2020 @ 09:24
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A simple but effective sunset service to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of World War2 took place last night at the town's Maesgwasted cemetery.

Organised by Alan Crowe, and under social distancing measures, the event was attended by around 50 people and featured the national anthems, a recording of a military band playing the poignant and moving tune "Sunset" followed by the exaltation and Kohima epitaph.

The Rev Bill Rowell said prayers and a recording of Vera Lynn singing We'll Meet Again rounded off the service.

Attending the service were families of veterans buried in the cemetery and other grave yards in the town, and included not just children of the veterans, but also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There was also a memorial event held in Montgomery, where the Town Crier proclaimed the global cry for peace after two minutes’ silence with the last post and reveille.

Alan said that he felt compelled to do something in Welshpool as he felt this could be the last major anniversary of the end of the war when there would be any veterans and land girls still alive to see and be part of it.

“I have always been in awe of our servicemen and women,” commented, Alan when asked why he had done it: “I just wanted to say to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the war, to those who survived and have since departed this world, and to those still with us, a heartfelt thank-you!”

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