Heroes Return Blog – Stories from Second World War veterans’ trips


Larry Taylor’s Heroes Return by The National Lottery Community Fund
December 10, 2009, 5:15 pm
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BIG staff with veterans by The National Lottery Community Fund
November 6, 2009, 5:30 pm
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Getting ready to leave by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 23, 2009, 9:51 am
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Have just recorded a final interview with Larry. He is so elloquent and very humbled by the whole thing.Again he said some wonderful things.

The Veterans have been put up in the Weert barracks. We said our goodbyes. It was a bit sad to go.

Wesley says he’s back to school tomorrow.

We now go to the monument again to get some close up pictures which we couldn’t do yesterday because of the crowds.

Cloudy today so lucky with the nice weather yesterday too.



Larry and the team by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 23, 2009, 8:06 am
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The Bells by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 4:42 pm
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The bells – more complex and quieter than ours – have been ringing out real wartime tunes.  Imagine a piano with small bells instead of strings.

The veterans have returned and are getting into the old vehicles here to go to the memorial.

I overheard Larry say “We are being treated like Gods. We must be careful. ” I think they are really appreciating being real guests of honour.

Many speakers at the book event earlier were quite emotional. This act of being liberated obviously affects people greatly  – even a generation or two later. That is what the UK doesn’t really know perhaps – directly.

Anyway sunny, a big wide town square, dominated by this high church,  lots of people sitting out in the cafes and this real feeling of a town wanting to welcome the veterans. .

It’s very humbling to be here.



The civic centre ceremony veterans by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 2:59 pm
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The civic centre ceremony by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 2:58 pm
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civic centre ceremonyHere now. Arrived two minutes ago. This is where the Town Mayor met everyone this morning.  The band play to about 50 people seated. Speeches and Wesley is presenting Larry with a copy of the book he has written about the war history here. He told us over lunch he want’s to join the Army and war history is an important part of training.

Larry and his fellow veterans still look great in their blazers and medals. JP our cameraman has been admiring the cameras of three or four news crews that are here too! I expect this will be on the tv tonight.