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Original Post is from Malcolm Grey.

Given the degree of support that bikers in general have given our armed forces whether it is supporting the people of Wooton Basset, attending charity functions to raise money or simply wearing your ‘Help the Heroes’ armband, I thought I would bring this little known fact to your attention.

There is a very small scale but never the less heartfelt ceremony occurring evertime there is a repatriation flight from Afganistan.

The ceremony takes place outside St.Edmunds Church by the War Memorial at 11.00am on the day of the repatriation flight. Members of the local Veterans Association gather informally, about 10.50am. They wear civilian clothes but proudly wear berets with their old regimental badges. The Union Flag flies on the nearby flag pole. A short service ensues. The names of the dead soldiers arriving that day are read out. A short poem is read about the debt we all owe to the armed services. The flag is lowered to half mast. A CD player plays background military music. There is a pause as the church clock strikes 11.00am, then two minutes silence, followed by the Last Post. And that’s it.

When are the repatriation flights? Wooton Basset council website announces details of these sad flights a couple of days ahead, as does the Northern Echo.

I’m personally not aware of anywhere else having ceremonies such as this.
But I’m proud to relate that this ceremony is right on our doorstep and is held in Sedgefield, County Durham.

I take my hat off to the Sedgfield Veterans’ Association for their compassion and initiative. I also understand that any like minded individual would not be turned away from attending on of these ceremonies.

Malcolm first penned the above back in May 2009. Since then The Boundary Motorcycle Group are proud of the excellent relationship they have with  the Sedgefield Veterans Association.

The latest picture of which there are unfortunately plenty more on this web site was taken at the repatriation Service held at Sedgefield on 11am on Tuesday 7th February 2012 and was for Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung killed in Afghanistan.

He was number 397. Our condolences to his family. The question to ask is how long and how many more.

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