This morning, Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough, Cllr Ian Yates, led a short ceremony in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the two world wars and in other conflicts since 1945.
Council officers were joined by NHS staff, Gloucestershire Constabulary, The Royal British Legion and members of the public in observing a two-minute silence at 11am, with the Union Flag at half-mast.
Major General Keating was invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, followed by Inspector Grant White on behalf of Gloucestershire Constabulary who read the Roll of Honour – in remembrance of serving police officers who joined the armed forces, and later lost their lives. Children from Mary P’s Day Nursery in Tewkesbury then laid their handmade wreaths by the flagpole.
The Mayor concluded the short service with the Kohima Epitaph, originally written by John Maxwell Edmonds, the Cambridge classicist turned wartime codebreaker, born in Stroud in 1875:
When you go home
Tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today.