Veterans pay respects at Remembrance Day services


Ex-servicemen and women at The Royal Star & Garter Homes have paid their respects on Remembrance Day at services in Surbiton, Solihull and London.


Residents observed the two-minute silence at the Homes in Solihull and Surbiton on 11 November. Representatives from the Homes were also present at local services, while Second World War veterans from Surbiton attended the Cenotaph Service and Parade at Whitehall.


This year’s Remembrance Day also coincided with the Armistice centenary, which the Charity marked with its RSGH Remembers campaign.


Residents had been busy preparing for this year’s services. In Solihull, they painted poppies onto 100 pebbles before placing them at a nearby park. There was also a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, and talks and documentaries on the end of the First World War. In Surbiton, the bases of bottles were painted red and transformed into poppies, while a memory wall was created featuring a photo of every resident who has lived at the Home who passed away.


Surbiton Home Manager Chrissie Heyes said: “By helping prepare for the service, our residents were able to remember friends no longer with us from the Home, as well as nation’s war dead.”


Solihull Home Manager Cheryl Harbourne said: “It is hugely important to our residents to commemorate their comrades, friends and loved ones who served the nation, as they themselves have.”


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