RAF Benson Pay Tribute During Garden Of Remembrance Opening
On 30 October 17, The RAF Benson Garden of Remembrance was officially opened by the Station Commander, Group Captain Hamish Cormack.
Photos By: RAF Benson personnel taken by the RAF Benson Photographic Section.
Members from the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) along with Service personnel, civil servants, and members of the local community came together in a service to remember the fallen through the Official Opening of the Garden Of Remembrance. Padre Philip Corrigan began the ceremony and delivered a short Blessing of Ground before signalling a minute’s silence. The Station Commander laid the first poppy cross and wreath in the garden, followed by Ms Lynda Atkins, County Chairman of the Royal British Legion, who laid a wreath on their behalf.
Located in front of the Spitfire gate guardian, the Garden of Remembrance has been organised for the 4th year by our dedicated MPGS in memory of all those who have served. Each year it provides an opportunity for those who wish to remember the fallen; the poppy crosses are available for anyone to purchase from the Main Guardroom and place in the garden, including the local community. Emblazoned with personal messages, the money they raise goes to the Poppy Appeal and supports the vital work the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces Community.
Station Commander Group Captain Hamish Cormack said:
‘I am thankful to our MPGS staff for creating the poignant and moving Remembrance Garden at the Main Gate to RAF Benson. It feels very fitting to me that there is an appropriate reminder, as we enter the Camp, of the sacrifice that RAF Benson personnel have made ever since the Station opened. That the garden is under the wing of our Spitfire gate guardian is a reminder of our past and the very special courage of the Photo Reconnaissance Unit.
However, it should be remembered that the vital work of the Royal British Legion is not only about providing support to the sadly diminishing number of Second World War and Korean War veterans, but is as much about supporting serving Service personnel and their families, and veterans of all ages. As I passed the garden this morning, it prompted me to reflect – that is its purpose and it does so with a peaceful beauty.’