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A very good day!
England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: December 23, 2005
KitMaker: 6,249 posts
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 11:50 PM UTC
Hi all.
Not modelling related but I thought Id share what I did today with you.
As some of you will know,my late father did his pilots training at #1 BFTS in Terrell Texas, and this weekend theres a reunion.
Part of this involved a short memorial service,and the planting of a tree at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield. There is also a bench there now dedicated to the memory of the cadets who were killed during their training.
I was priveledged enough to meet and talk with 2 veterans from the same training course that my father was on,and share their memories of Terrell and my father.
Totally unexpected,and the highlight of the ceremony,was a Tiger Moth doing a low flypast.In fact,it circled low over our party for about 10 minutes.
One of the veterans was heard to comment,," Hes had a canopy fitted,wheres his sense of adventure",,fabulous!
A great day, and if your ever passing its well worth turning off the A38 and paying a visit
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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: September 30, 2002
KitMaker: 8,581 posts
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2006 - 01:51 AM UTC
Sounds like a great day, it's always great to talk to veterans.
As a drill instructor I was once asked to take a parade of veterans for the memorial cellebrations on the 11th November. Some of them could hardly walk, but they insisted that I "gave them an ear full, just like their old RSM used too" It must have looked strange, to the assembled masses, as I, a young senior NCO, gave these veterans a good ear bashing, which they loved. I then had the privillage of marching them onto parade, to take pride of place along side the young soldiers there. The last post always makes you think of the sacrifice that service men, and women, made, and still make.
If you are going to the reunion, give them my regards