Commemoration 2021: Veterans’ charity reflects service over decades
The unwavering dedication and service of the armed forces over the decades is remembered by Royal Star & Garter, ahead of Armistice Day.
Founded to care for World War I veterans, the charity provides award-winning care to men and women who served actively from World War II through the war in Iraq.
The Royal Star & Garter’s Remembrance, Conflict Never Stops campaign highlights the invaluable role played by our armed forces, beginning with Florence Mahoney, who served in the Second World War as a driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF ).
It examines the daring missions carried out in the 1950s and 1960s by RAF low-level reconnaissance pilot Peter Lewis, which earned him the affectionate nickname “Prussian Pete”, and the naval veteran’s humanitarian work, Jim Pitt, who helped rebuild communities in the Caribbean. devastated by tropical storms. Lily Fair joined the Women’s RAF in the 1950s because she “wanted to see the world” and worked as a telephone operator in Singapore.
It also focuses on more modern campaign veterans, like Brian Bucknall who served in the military for 36 years. He was stationed in Germany and then Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Finally, the Conflict Never Stops campaign focuses on Stephen Vause, 34, who suffered brain damage from a mortar bombing while serving in Iraq in 2007.
Air Vice Marshal Maria Byford, who has served in the RAF since 1991 and is Governor of Royal Star & Garter, said:
“As we move away from the last World War, we now support residents who have been engaged in more modern conflicts. This has seen them continue to put their lives on the line for the safety of others. They have helped bring peace to the world and have been involved in the crucial work of supporting the recovery and reconstruction of war-torn countries and those affected by natural disasters. Every Royal Star & Garter veteran and resident we care for is part of this country’s military family, and we are proud to care for them and share their stories.
Royal Star & Garter provides loving and compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia at homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.
Armistice Day is Thursday November 11 – the date the ceasefire was signed in 1918 that marked the end of the First World War – while this year Remembrance Sunday falls on November 14 November.
For more information on Royal Star & Garter, visit www.starandgarter.org