On Sunday 13 November 2011, Slough Council representatives, the local police chief, the Member of Parliament and an impressive turnout of military cadets, Scouts, veterans and public attended the annual Remembrance ceremony at St Mary's Church in the centre of town.
The coming together of all parts of our community to honour those who died on our behalf in destructive conflicts is an important local event filled with reverence, humility and respect.
May I ask the large qualities of Sikhs, Pakistanis, Hindus, Poles and everyone else living in Slough, irrespective of race, colour, politics and religion, to join the ceremony next year on Sunday 11 November 2012 at 11.00 am. It is a public ceremony open to everyone.
It would be nice too if a senior representative from the Fire Service and Wexham Park Hospital were present to lay a wreath. These public services are an essential part of our local community.
Wreaths of poppies can be brought from the local British Legion. Anyone may lay a wreath; young or old, rich or poor, British or foreigner, all of you are warmly welcome.
The names on the south side of the war memorial are fading away because of natural erosion. Regrettably our local council, now run by outsiders with little practical feeling or affinity for our town, seemingly spending the public's money on non-essentials, have refused to repair the war memorial entrusted many years ago into the safe keeping of a different type of Slough Council that then truly represented the local inhabitants with a pride, joy and dignity no longer apparent today.
Times are changing but we should not forget the sacrifice of heroes, past and present. Letting their names vanish into oblivion is disrespectful and a failure to acknowledge the debt and gratitude we owe to all of them. They gave their lives so that we would have a better tomorrow.
It is not only the military we remember but also the men, women and children caught in a conflict neither of their choice nor of their making. May all their souls rest in eternal peace.