Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

MAY I first of all con­grat­u­late the or­gan­is­ers of the 100th an­niver­sary of the Great War at Rawten­stall led by LT Col Pickup late of the 4th Btl Queens Lan­cashire Regt (retd) who I am led to be­lieve or­gan­ises with other civil and mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions the rais­ing of money and lo­ca­tions for this great and som­bre event with out any fi­nan­cial help from the coun­cil.

We must con­grat­u­late all the chil­dren and vet­er­ans, emer­gency ser­vices who at­tended.

Sadly at the end of the pa­rade led by I be­lieve a re­tired of­fi­cer of the Glouces­ter Regt (Glo­ri­ous) a mem­ber of the coun­cil de­cided to make an im­promptu speech.

Sadly this speaker negated to thank nor men­tion the Great War and its sac­ri­fice nor the vet­er­ans on pa­rade.

Peo­ple and vet­er­ans took a lot of time pre­par­ing them­selves for this pa­rade of re­mem­brance, not even men­tion­ing them was an in­sult to them and the sac­ri­fice of mil­lions who have gone be­fore us.

They died so that peo­ple could live in a demo­cratic na­tion.

Not to men­tion them was at best disin­gen­u­ous and worse a to­tal lack of re­spect, as for the coun­cil­lor hav­ing the af­front to dis­miss what was in ef­fect a mil­i­tary pa­rade was in my view as an for­mer ser­vice­man in­sult­ing to the pa­rade com­man­der and pa­rade.

As one vet­eran turned to me and said look­ing down at is ser­vice medals “so what were we here for then?”

The ser­vice was about re­mem­ber­ing our for­bears who left these shores to de­fend us and our lib­erty.

Politi­cians of all ilk’s should re­mem­ber this. Tony Jus­tice For­mer King’s Own Royal Bor­der Regt Love­clough

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