NMA WREATH LAYING 27th February 2015

After meeting up in the Reception area we proceeded to have a warming cup of hot chocolate followed by the service in the Chapel at 1100hrs and introduction to the NMA site. The weather was sunny, dry but a little cool and the walk to the Jupiter tree was pleasant enough but sober remembering why we were there.

The short ceremony with Dave Baker placing the wreath and the Secretary speaking the Exortation and Kohima Epitaph was as usual very moving and reflective.

We then walked past the Naval Service Memorial and on to the FEPOW area where we paid our respects to those who lost their lives whilst POW's and to those who survived imprisonment by the Japanese.

Later we moved on to the Armed Forces Memorial, passing a new area of inscribed slabs naming those from the Commonwealth who received the VC during the Great War.

After a light lunch we all dispersed to our home ports and had a safe passage, if you have never been to the NMA, I suggest you put it on your Bucket List.