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


We remember them by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 23, 2009, 5:20 pm
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The Monument by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 23, 2009, 2:12 pm
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monument 1Just got to the Memorial. Seeing it close up for the first time and seeing the engraving of the Halifax is brilliant.

As we are here Wesley and his parents arrive to look at the flowers.

We learnt that the flypast last night, which was impressive, two Harvards, flew over us seven times – once for each airman of the Halifax.

A second heartfelt goodbye to a remarkable young man.

What an experience. We all feel we have really seen something to remember. There is also a real sense of  anticipation about putting the video together. We captured some really excellent material that, we hope, will do all this justice.

My abiding memory? Very difficult. The warmth of the people here? The wise words and inspiration of good old Larry? Wesley and his wisdom so young, coupled with his energy to make this happen? The amazing ceremonies and poignant moments? The tears of the schoolteacher as she introduced the Veterans to her class? Yes, all of these.



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.