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Fallen servicemen and women honoured in annual Duncombe Place service
A MOTHER and her teenage son have appealed to the younger generation to show their support and continue to pay tribute to people who have died serving their country.
First Gulf War veteran Marianna Proietti and her son Anthony Finch, 13, were with long-serving Territorial Army member Brian Joyce at the annual dedication of the Garden of Remembrance in Duncombe Place, York.
The ceremony on Saturday morning marked the beginning of York’s remembrance of those who died in conflicts from the First World War up to the current day.
This year, for the first time, a Sikh symbol and a symbol for agnostics were available for dedication alongside Jewish, Muslim and Christian symbols.
Anthony, an army cadet, said: “They served and gave their lives for everyone else here in the world. We should get more people to respect that. We should put up posters and messages in churches.” He said he wanted to show his respect by following his mother and father into the Armed Forces.
Marianna, a combat medical technician decorated by both Britain and Saudi Arabia, said: “A lot of the older generation are wearing poppies, but I was disgusted on the way here to see that the younger generation were not wearing poppies. Those coming to these services are year by year getting less and less.”
All three are members of the Yorkshire Regiment Association’s York branch and, together with its standard bearer Kenneth Finch, who is not related to Anthony, went straight from the service to the Minster to perform the annual Turning of the Page Ceremony for their regiment’s Book of Remembrance in York Minster.
The branch meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Worsley Barrracks, Fulford Road.
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