Headstone to be unveiled in memory of Croydon servicemen and women

The headstone will be unveiled at Croydon Cemetery

The headstone will be unveiled at Croydon Cemetery

First published in Local news by , Chief Reporter

A headstone in memory of Croydon servicemen and women who have lost their lives since the end of the Second World War is to be unveiled.

Mayor of Croydon Councillor Eddy Arram will lay a wreath by the memorial at Croydon Cemetery in a special ceremony next week.

The headstone will provide a place for people to pay their respects to local members of the Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives on the front line.

Organised by Croydon Council on behalf of the borough, the memorial will pay tribute in particular to those who have died more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The families of Rifleman Peter Aldridge, Rifleman Danny Simpson and Private Jonathan Monk, who all lived in the borough and died in Afghanistan, have been invited to attend.

Cllr Arram said: "This memorial will remember the servicemen and women from Croydon who gave their lives fighting for the peace and prosperity of this country.

"It will be a place of tranquillity for visitors from present and future generations to reflect on the sacrifices those brave servicemen and women have made, something for which we remain forever grateful and must never forget."

Last year Croydon Council became the first local authority in London to launch a community covenant with the armed forces.

The legal pact between the council and the military means new support will be given to service personnel and their families, as well as reservists, veterans and cadet groups.

All are welcome to attend the memorial ceremony which is at 3pm on Wednesday November 7.

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10:55am Sat 3 Nov 12

billblake11 says...

After 1945 there have been a few peace-keeping roles that our armed services have been involved in that are worthy of commemorating in a modern democracy. But from Suez to Afghanistan most of British military actions since 1945 have shamed our country. Many of them have been racist neo-imperialist invasions, often pointless failures resulting in senseless deaths. If the government, both local and national, must tax us so highly, I'd prefer the money to be spent on something useful for the future like education, or for our well-being like health, rather than on commemorating a shameful past.
After 1945 there have been a few peace-keeping roles that our armed services have been involved in that are worthy of commemorating in a modern democracy. But from Suez to Afghanistan most of British military actions since 1945 have shamed our country. Many of them have been racist neo-imperialist invasions, often pointless failures resulting in senseless deaths. If the government, both local and national, must tax us so highly, I'd prefer the money to be spent on something useful for the future like education, or for our well-being like health, rather than on commemorating a shameful past. billblake11
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