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You can remember fallen without a memorial
11:10am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Your Say
THE war memorial seems to be quite a contentious subject. Some want it moved to the High Street and others think it is in a peaceful, sympathetic place already.
I fall in between.
Practically – I think it’s sympathetically placed.
Emotionally – I also think it’s well placed.
Outcome – it won’t affect me adversely wherever it resides.
Just to counter the call for the men to be recognised, I’d like to add a small voice. There are a great many people in Andover that understand and are mindful of the people that have lost their lives.
The memorial is not the token that nudges folk to think of those that have died. That comes from a thoughtful standpoint.
My brother-in-law was on the Sir Galahad with Simon Weston, an amazing Glaswegian whose life was blighted by the sights, death, horror and work involved in being a medic and whose image on newsreels of the day was terribly shocking as we weren’t told where he was.
My abiding thoughts lay with the Gurkhas, who had no-one to welcome them home from the Falklands.
My family gave hugs and as much respect as possible at such an emotional time.
As an aside, our Gurkhas are being let down.
Jane Sylvest, South Street, Andover