Locally and Internationally we have been witnessing many great tributes and events to remember the life changing relationships involved here in the UK 75 years ago. The commemoration of D-Day in 1944 has highlighted our relationship with our friends and allies both in Europe and in America (and in other countries of the world). The hostilities of the second world war were not felt just overseas but also here locally in Bury St Edmunds.
I hope that I can speak for all our members, volunteers and the local community with links to that period, WE WILL NEVER FORGET. We are extremely proud at the Museum to be a group who respect and remember how RAF Bury St Edmunds (Rougham) played a major part in the conflict.
This is the reason we volunteer, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. Our Memorial and all the artifacts reflect the commitment and sacrifice given by so many, for our freedom.
As with many museums in the region, we give our time and energy freely to provide a continuing memorial. Continuing to be updated, continuing to be added to and continuing to be available to all.
It is a great pleasure to meet and greet everyone who comes through our door. From the youngest ‘school learner’, family member, relative or veteran, we welcome you. Please come and join us at your memorial.
The anniversary commemorations are happening with some frequency, both nationally and internationally. Our responsibility is acknowledged on specific dates – Sunday August 4th our ‘Echo’s of the Past’ and Sunday December 8th our ‘Departures Service’.Both of these events are significant for the Museum. ‘Echo’s’ allows us, with the reenactments, to bring history to life, both for memories and for financial input to our funds. The Departures Service commemorates the leaving of the American forces from the base in 1945.
Your support on both these days will be very welcome, please join us.
As in previous months we appeal for assistance, volunteers, visitors, ‘Dinky Toys’ and all things aviation. If you have time, memorability or any items for display or donation, please contact us.
I close this month with the famous poem:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For the Fallen
BY LAURENCE BINYON
RCTAM will not forget
Our details: www.rctam94th.co.uk
Telephone: 07931 971771