Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Remembrance Sunday - 2016

I was honoured this year to attend the Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Holyhead.
My role, apart from showing respect for those who'd paid the ultimate sacrifice was also to lay a reef at the foot of the Cenotaph on behalf of Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru.

Before the commemoration itself there was the service at St Cybi's Church.

Needless to say top in my mind was Owen John Williams or Taid who passed away aged 92 recently. He fought in the Far East. Burma and the Dutch Indies after the war finished.

He never once declared any malice or hatred towards the Japanese. Hirohito on the other hand he loathed.
He hated war. And the 2003 war in Iraq for him was the final straw. He would exclaim that if you hadn't served in a war you had no right to send others to war.

Chief in my mind also was a very close school friend of mine. Stephen Monkhouse. Originally from Scotland he attended County School (he lived in Newlands Park, Valley before returning to his beloved native Scotland). His life was tragically ended in Afghanistan in 2010.

Thanks to the organisers. Thanks also to Rev Kevin Ellis who presided over a thoughtful service full of respect.

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