On Sunday 29 March, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent will attend a special Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, accompanied by the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, the High Sheriff of Warwickshire and Warwickshire members of the Household Division. The service at 11am will be conducted at the Bastion Memorial, which is dedicated to those who lost their lives during combat operations in Afghanistan.
During the service 10 Wreaths will be laid; one for each of the seven members of 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers killed during Operation Herrick, one to remember members of the Household Division who lost their lives in Afghanistan and two in memory of former Warwickshire Field Marshals, Viscount Montgomery and Viscount Slim, who were members of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Each of the wreaths will have been blessed the previous day (Saturday 28 March) at a special service conducted at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, beside the Chapel where the Colours of the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were laid up in 2016. The service, presided by the Right Reverend John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick will commence at 4pm and following the Service, the Wreaths will be transported by road to Polesworth Abbey, where they will rest overnight.
On the morning of Sunday 29 March former Officers, Guardsmen and affiliates of the Household Division will escort by bicycle the 10 Wreaths from Polesworth Abbey to the National Memorial Arboretum. The convoy will arrive at the Arboretum at 10.15am.
Funds raised from this event, including a donation from corporate sponsor Miles Smith, Insurance Brokers in the City of London, will be divided between The Army Benevolent Fund, The Household Division Charity and the Fusiliers Aid Society. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/10wreaths
The services at St Mary’s Church, Warwick and the National Memorial Arboretum are open to the public. People wishing to attend the service at the Arboretum are asked to be seated by 10.30am.
Simon Miesegaes, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, said: “As a reservist in the RAF and High Sheriff of Warwickshire I felt it my duty to personally support my brothers and sisters in arms during my Shrieval year, and to do my part to provide for those who face a difficult future by raising funds for three excellent service charities. It is an honour to have HRH Duke of Kent join us for a Service of Remembrance as we pay tribute to all those from Warwickshire who have served our nation and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Pictured above: Simon Miesegaes, High Sheriff of Warwickshire with students from Aylesford School.