Gerry Manolas, MAFCSV Chair says:
"On Sunday 30th October 2022 the MAFCSV held their Remembrance event at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey. The event was a great success. As the work of the MAFCSV develops the more contacts we make and the bigger the commemoration becomes.
We were particularly delighted to have so many Czech and Slovak Schools with us and our returning Czech Scouts from Pardubice, after several years of Covid travel restrictions.
This year the main theme was that of service to others, and one’s country, something that resonated with the recent passing of the late Queen Elizabeth and the current situation in the Ukraine, as well as our own veterans.
The event was attended by Ambassador for the Slovak Republic H.E. Robert Ondrejcsk, Secretary Michal Žižlavský from the Czech Embassy London, the Slovak and Czech Defence Attaches, and defence representatives from the Australian, New Zealand, French, Norwegian, Polish and Hungarian Embassies, and the Deputy Mayor of Woking. We were hugely honoured by their attendance and look forward to welcoming them all again in May. Their presence reflects the new allies the Czech and Slovak Republics have now, and the respect they have for each other.
Wreaths and flowers were also laid by CWGC, The American Battle Monuments Commission, Friends of the Czechoslovak Memorial Fountain, The Queens Regiment, the Scouts and students from the Czech and Slovak Schools and the Frimley and Camberley Cadet Corps who were on parade. They did an incredible job, and we are proud to have them as an integral part of our events.
Ruth Moore played the Last Post for us, which is always a moving and poignant moment in our service.
The children placed wooden remembrance crosses in front of the headstones of those veterans who died during the war.
After we were able to enjoy catching up thanks to the hospitality of Eddie Jones and his team at the Estaminet. Thank you to both the Czech and Slovak Embassies for contributing to the refreshments and providing the wooden remembrance crosses.
Thank you to the media team Antony McCallum, (Wyrdlight Photography) Alan Meeks and Mike Hillman who all film and photograph our events for posterity, and then allow us to use their pictures for free. We hope that you will also share your photos from the day on our posts. " Gerry Manolas.
Our next comemorative remembrance event is in May 2023 at Brookwood. Updates & dates will be confirmed on Facebook.
Using These Images
Antony says: "Do use these images
(non commercially & fully licenced for that purpose) in your organisational and personal media. This promotes the work of the MAFCSV and importantly helps commemorate & remember the sacrifices of those honoured. All probono, although you may wish to make a donation
to MAFCSV. The details are here