Preston’s post-1945 war dead to be honoured on Armistice Day
A roll of honour to remember members of the armed forces killed since 1945 will be unveiled tomorrow.
The ceremony at the Harris Museum will see the names of 114 service men from Preston put on display as part of a console which will enable the public to see records of those who have died.
Mayor of Preston Roberta Cartwright who will be joined by over 25 relatives and surviving family members of the service men for the Armistice Day service said it was an honour to be unveiling the roll.
She said: “I am deeply honoured to unveil this historical roll of honour which remembers those brave members of the armed services who have given their lives since 1945.
“Preston is extremely proud of its connections to the armed services and this lasting tribute reaffirms that pride.
“I am thankful that we now have a fitting tribute to those brave people who died serving their country and it is our duty to ensure we remember those people and that we never forget them.”
The post-1945 roll will eventually be added to the City’s War Memorial once renovation has finished, it will list the names of 78 army personnel, 24 from the Royal Air Force, 8 from the Royal Navy and 4 from the Royal Marines.
Colonel Bernard Stam, President of the Preston & District Veteran’s Council, which is advising the city council on the Post-1945 project, said: “It is to the City’s very great credit that Preston now becomes one of the first communities in the country to commemorate the sacrifice of its sons in the service of the nation since 1945. Many thousands of Prestonians have served in the Armed Forces in the 66 years since the end of World War II. No-one knows better than these veterans themselves what it means to be a Serviceman, or understands more the sacrifice made by those who did not return.
“We are proud to have been able to play our part in seeing them honoured in this way.”
The Post-1945 Roll of Honour database is also to be made available online via the council website.
The mayor and veterans will be at the Cenotaph on Friday 11th November to observe a two minute silence at 11am before a parade takes place on Sunday.
Image credit to Jon Winstanley