Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara meets local Veterans to celebrate Veterans Day

news77Barbara met with six local veterans on Friday at Walkden Royal British Legion, to celebrate Veterans Day with them.

Veterans Day will be marked on 27th June this year, and each year from now on. Veterans Day aims to celebrate and raise awareness of veterans’ and their contributions to society.

The six veterans were gathered to receive their commemorative Veterans Badges, issued by the Ministry of Defence, in recognition of the service that they gave to their country during the Second World War or afterwards.

Barbara said:

“It was wonderful to meet six veterans from Worsley and present them with the badges to commemorate their service in World War II and afterwards.

“I feel that the idea of holding Veterans’ Day to celebrate the service of Veterans and their contribution to society is a good one and we want to build upon this in future Veterans’ Day events.”

The Worsley veterans, who represented members of the three branches of the armed forces and the Merchant Navy, had seen action in conflict as far away as the Pacific, and two had actively taken part in the D-day landings.

The oldest veteran present was Mr Edward Hughes, 93, who had served in the South Lancashire Regiment and had taken part in the first wave of landings on the beaches in Normandy on D-Day, 1944.

Mr Albert Leek, 81, of Cecil Street, Walkden, who served in the Royal Navy and then the Merchant Navy said:

“I volunteered when I was seventeen, I gave the wrong age to the officer, but got found out when I went for a medical. I made it into the Navy the following year, aged eighteen.

“I think it’s a very good thing that we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day every year from now on, and the Veterans’ Badge is a nice way to commemorate our contribution.”

Mr Robert Kirk, 77, of Normanby Road, Worsley, who served in the Royal Mechanical Electrical Engineers, after the War, in Egypt said:

“The Veterans Day is a good idea, in the United States they do a lot more for veterans, and the badge is something that you can wear all the time.”

Mr Harold Platt, 88, of Beck Grove, Worsley, who served in the RAF in the Middle East and the Mediterranean said:

“The badge is a wonderful thing and the sad thing is that there’s not many my age around to get to it.”

Mr Stanley Roberts, 82, of Roe Green, served in the Royal Navy at D-Day added:

“It’s a good thing that we all came here together today, I’ve decided I now want to join the British Legion. I realise that there is a lot of interest in the war time experience, more than you’d think today.

“The badge is very nice and I’m very pleased with it.”

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