Bugler Amiee Easterlow from the Band of
121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps sounded the Last Post and Reveille, Royal British Legion and Ex-Service Association standards were dipped in salute and wreaths were laid in memory of fallen comrades. A scene, all so typical of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day services which have been held at War Memorials across the country.
But this was no ordinary Remembrance Service, for many veterans in residential care who aren't as mobile as they used to be, attending a large open air service is no longer possible. Thanks to a special service which was organised by the Pastoral Care Project with the support of the British Legion and 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, former veterans and residents of the Stan Williams Court sheltered housing complex have been able to pay their tribute to the fallen.
Paula Hancox, deputy warden at the complex in Nuneaton said, “Some of our residents have served in the forces and want to wear their medals with pride, but can't get to the Remembrance Day Service in Riversley Park . Today's ceremony means that these patriotic pensioners have been able to have their own short, simple, but moving Remembrance Service to honour the men and women who died in wars and conflicts.” She added, “I am so thankful for the support of Frances Malloy of the Pastoral Care Project, the British Legion and Amiee, the Air cadet bugler, all of whom have helped to bring this Remembrance Service to our Veterans.”
The guest of honour at the service was the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Cllr Gerald Smith who himself served in the Royal Air Force.