Town councillors took part in tributes at the Hailsham War Memorial yesterday [Sunday 8 May] at a combined memorial service to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of VE Day and the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands War.
Organised by the Hailsham & District branch of the Royal British Legion, town councillors joined residents and veterans to mark both anniversaries – VE Day, celebrating more than seven decades since war victory in Europe was announced, and the Falklands War, recording their gratitude and appreciation to all those that served during the conflict in 1982.
The service was followed by a short wreath laying ceremony, including a wreath placed by the Chairman of Hailsham Town Council, Cllr Paul Holbrook, on behalf of the Council.
“The end of the Second World War in Europe was a momentous occasion and one which is commemorated annually on VE Day,” said Cllr Holbrook. “With parts of Europe once again at war, it is appropriate to reflect on and commemorate the end of the Second World War on the continent with this service.”
“VE Day is an opportunity for the nation to remember the courage of millions of men and women who served for their country in the Second World War and indeed in other conflicts – and commemorate the unconditional surrender of German Forces to the Allies on May 8, 1945.”
Cllr Holbrook added: “The combined service held at the Hailsham War Memorial was also an opportunity, on its 40th anniversary, to show our appreciation to all those that served during the Falklands conflict in 1982. A considerable number of soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and medical staff travelled to the South Atlantic to serve their country in a conflict that saw many Britons sacrifice their lives – add to that the many who sustained injuries.”
“I’m delighted that many people attended the combined service and joined us to honour those who fought in past conflicts. Thanks also go to those individuals and organisations which laid wreaths in remembrance at the War Memorial.”
“It is important that as a community we continue to remember those who lost their lives for their country and the various commemoration services held in Hailsham throughout the year continue to be of great significance to the people of Hailsham, including the members and staff of the Town Council.”
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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