Far East sac­ri­fice is never for­got­ten

Trib­ute to memory of troops

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Love

War vet­er­ans and mem­bers of the pub­lic gath­ered at Motherwell Civic Cen­tre to com­mem­o­rate the 71st an­niver­sary of the end of WW2 in the Far East.

The Ja­panese Army sur­ren­der to Al­lied forces ef­fec­tively marked the end of the Sec­ond World War.

The ser­vice, or­gan­ised by North La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the La­nark­shire Yeo­manry Me­mo­rial Group, paid trib­ute to the many pris­on­ers of war who suf­fered ter­ri­bly in prison camps far away from home.

Hun­dreds of men, many serv­ing with the La­nark­shire Yeo­manry in Malaya, were taken pris­oner af­ter the fall of Singapore and suf­fered and died in slave camps in Thailand, Tai­wan and Bor­neo.

Jean Jones, de­pute provost of North La­nark­shire, and South La­nark­shire Provost Eileen Lo­gan took part in lay­ing wreaths at the War Me­mo­rial to pay trib­ute to those in­volved in the con­flict.

De­pute provost Jones said: “The unconditional sur­ren­der brought an end to the dev­as­ta­tion of the Sec­ond World War in that part of the world.

“The pass­ing time since that aw­ful con­flict doesn’t di­min­ish our ad­mi­ra­tion for those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try.

“The war in the Far East was fought on a truly enor­mous scale and, although many thou­sands of miles from the con­flict here in Europe, the bru­tal re­al­i­ties, mas­sive loss of life and whole­sale dev­as­ta­tion were the same.

“Many Al­lied troops also were con­signed to the unimag­in­able hor­rors of Far East pris­oner of war camps with suf­fer­ing on a hor­ren­dous scale.

“In La­nark­shire we take great pride in our armed forces that so bravely fought for free­dom in the Far East.

“We are grate­ful to them all for their sac­ri­fice and we must make sure their memory is never for­got­ten.”

Rev Derek Gunn from the Pres­bytery of Hamil­ton and Mon­signor Thomas Mil­lar from Motherwell Cathe­dral ad­dressed the cer­e­mony, which in­cluded an in­tro­duc­tion from Camp­bell Thom­son of the La­nark­shire Yeo­manry Group and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Re­mem­ber­ing Army vet­er­ans took part in the cer­e­mony

Re­minder Wreaths were laid

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