Veterans gather for memorial rededication ceremony

Veterans gather for memorial rededication ceremony

War veteran Peter Copley is seen in the mirror of his mobility scooter at the rededication service in Haxby

Veterans march through Haxby to the rededication ceremony

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VETERANS and about a hundred residents turned out to the rededication of the memorial plaque at Haxby Village Hall.

Veterans travelled from as far as Leeds and Hull to take part in the short parade, accompanied with music from local performers Generation Groove, who played songs from the First World War.

Local veterans, branches of the Royal British Legion and members of The Leeds Rifles Association, along with other military associations, gathered in Haxby Village Green with their standards, for the short walk to the village hall, with scores of shopkeepers and residents applauding as they passed.

Peter Copley, originally from Acomb but now living in Haxby, served with the Army between 1965 and 1972, and said the rededication and parade were more important now than ever, on the eve of the centenary of the First World War.

He said: "I don't think people should forget. Not now, not ever, and events like this help to remind them."

Ken Butterfield, who lives in Walmgate, served with the Airborne regiment between 1950 and 1955, and said: "It's becoming more popular now, remembering the wars. A few years back, it was less popular, but Afghanistan and seeing those coffins coming back has brought it home how important it is to remember."

Reverend Kathryn Jackson of St Mary's Church, Haxby, and Reverend Philip Turner of Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church led the service outside the hall, before moving indoors to reveal the plaque.

Rev Jackson said: "We dedicate this building and this plaque to the memory of those who have served their country. May it be for us and this community an expression of our commitment to work for peace and justice."

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11:01am Mon 4 Aug 14

goatman says...

Respect is due to all the ex-servicemen and women who took part in this march. Also big thanks to the band who led the parade, and also to the traffic stewards.

Only pity was the poor number of youngsters there to witness this rededication.
Respect is due to all the ex-servicemen and women who took part in this march. Also big thanks to the band who led the parade, and also to the traffic stewards. Only pity was the poor number of youngsters there to witness this rededication. goatman
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5:23pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Meirion M says...

We should always respect our service personnel-pas, present and always.
We will never their sacrifice.
God bless each and everyone!
We should always respect our service personnel-pas, present and always. We will never their sacrifice. God bless each and everyone! Meirion M
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6:45pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cifspal says...

I reply to goatman's comment about the poor numbers of youngsters there at the rededication of Haxby Memorial Hall, the unveiling of the commemorative plaque and the WW! exhibition.

Believe me it was not through lack of trying!

I would like to thank all who attended that day. Thanks to Revs Kathryn and Philip and to Generation Groove. They all did the hall proud!
I reply to goatman's comment about the poor numbers of youngsters there at the rededication of Haxby Memorial Hall, the unveiling of the commemorative plaque and the WW! exhibition. Believe me it was not through lack of trying! I would like to thank all who attended that day. Thanks to Revs Kathryn and Philip and to Generation Groove. They all did the hall proud! cifspal
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