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 Memories - Remembrance Sunday 2009

The War Memorial

The Dedication of the War Memorial in 1920

 The transformation of the Crossroads, March - November 2004

November 14th 2004 - the first Remembrance Sunday after the Roundabout was completed

As the war in Afghanistan wore on during 2008 and 2009, the number of casualties mounted, and included several REME soldiers on detachment. 

On 4th August 2009, Craftsman Anthony Lombardi, attached as a vehicle mechanic to Emsdorf Troop of The Light Dragoons serving with 'A' Company, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters & Foresters) (2 MERCIAN) was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. Soon afterwards the War Memorial in Arborfield was adorned with a poppy emblem and a laminated message as shown below. Was it a coincidence?

The war memorial in early August 2009

The message on the cross

The two additions remained on the memorial, along with the wreaths on the plinth, until the memorial was prepared for Remembrance Sunday, November 8th 2009. This annual commemoration is usually strongly-supported, but for 2009, attendance was well over 500, bringing traffic to a halt both before and after the service and particularly during the Two Minutes' Silence.  

Click on the thumbnail images below to see more of the parade and service.

The procession reaches the brow of the hill, having just left the British LegionPassing Whitewell Close on the way to the crossroads

The procession reaches the roundabout by the BullArriving at the War Memorial

400 Service Sheets were printed, but nowhere near enoughFlags are lowered and all traffic is halted as the 'Last Post' is sounded

Flags are raised and traffic moves again as the 'Reveille' is soundedThe procession re-forms and traffic is halted again

Starting back on Eversley Road towards the British Legion HallThe procession passes the 'Swan' and 'Sunrise'

Passing the Village Hall and Magnolia CottageReturning to the British Legion Hall

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