PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 May 2014
I have never done this before, but I felt that I had to have my say regarding the issue of the remove of the wreaths from the war memorial.
I am soon to be an ex-serviceman as I was injured when I was last serving in Afghanistan. I have served in the army for almost 11 years.
I moved to Exmouth at the start of April 2014 with my wife to settle down and start our family after the hectic marriage we have had so far.
We went into town when we arrived and both myself and my wife said how nice it is to still see the wreaths on the war memorial.
A war memorial for me is not just there for the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the world wars, but for all the servicemen and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
I also feel that a war memorial is a big part of remembrance. I know that whenever I look at a war memorial, no matter what time of the year it is, I always give thanks to the heroes that gave everything.
I find it very upsetting that someone thinks they have the right to throw all the wreaths of remembrance in the bin without talking to the people that put them there.
I strongly agree with Matt Marriott’s comments in the Journal that Mr [Jeff] Trail is too big for his boots. Spot on.
Mr Trail made comments in the Journal of May 1 about how they have to find funding to help clean and maintain the memorial.
I can only speak for myself, but if Mr Trail and his committee would just ask people I am sure they would help.
I for one would be more than happy to give some of my free time to help clean and maintain the memorial out of respect.
I find it funny how Lionel Howell (president of the Exmouth War Memorial Fund) has commented in the Journal (Opinion, May 1) that “The Royal British Legion Exmouth branch has NEVER had any say with regards to our memorial other than around Armistice Day.”
I would like to know what is meant by our memorial? Surely Lionel means Exmouth’s memorial and not that the memorial belongs to the Exmouth War Memorial Fund.
The way Lionel is having a go at the RBL, I find this ludicrous.
I would have thought that the RBL, Exmouth War Memorial Fund and Exmouth War and Flagpole Memorial Committee would all be working together to look after the memorial, but the way it looks to me the fund and the committee are against the RBL.
After all that I have read and found out from talking to the good people of Exmouth, I have contacted the RBL to become a member.