Sunday, September 30, 2012

Remembrance Sunday 6 weeks left

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

A post from Mike Hughes:

This is an 'early warning' about the free taxi service for Remembrance Sunday which this year falls on the 11th of November.

The UCG have honoured my by asking me to once again act as taxi co-ordinator in the run up to the day, when their marshals will no doubt continue with their excellent organisation at the various pickup points.

I will be posting more details as we get closer to the day but they are briefly,
Victory Services Club,
Union Jack Club
All main line stations
Victoria Coach Station
plus various locations for wheelchair pickups

I know I can rely upon you to help provide the service.-

I'm already getting requests from the veterans including one wheelchair user (one of only 4 living survivors of Japanese camps) in West Wickham plus a 40 strong group who will be in one of the travel lodges in Kings Cross Road. I'll add detail to that next week.

In the meantime here's a copy of a message I've received and shows just what this means to the veterans.

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Dear Mike,

I have recieved the letter from the United Cabbies Group, via the Royal British Legion, and would like to inform you that my oppo and myself hope to use the free taxi service from Liverpool Street Station to the Cenotaph, on Sunday 11th November 2012.

May I take this opportunity to thank all those involved in providing this excellent service. I find it both very genorous and moving that the Cabbies are prepared to do this.

"The British Spirit" never ceases to amaze me!

Many Thanks,

Kind Regards,

Nick Page.

P.S. This will be our first year to be Marching Past at the Cenotaph, and the United Cabbies Group are making us feel special even before our arrival in London! It wiil be a very emotional time.

Thanks again, Nick.

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The requests are starting to come in. Last year's event was big for us, I'm getting the impression that this year's one could be even bigger so please tell your friends and colleagues.

Here's a couple of examples of the thing I mean

I've got a request for 40 people from the Kings Cross Royal Scot Hotel (Travelodge) who are marching together for the first time. I'll ask for more help closer to the day but if you live that neck of the woods please keep it in mind.

But this next one really shows what it means to the veterans

We are travelling from Yorkshire and staying at the Millennium Gloucester for Julie's 91 year old father to take part in the parade, he is one of 4 ex Japanese POWs taking part. He can walk a little but uses a wheelchair and will be on parade in his chair.

It's all very humbling. Let's show them how proud we are of them.

Remembrance Sunday
6 weeks left


Please mark it in your diaries.
There's more requests coming in. I'd like to fulfill them all but can't without your help.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I suppose TfL will take this opportunity to close down the underground and strand our Veterans who gave so much, once again

Expect to see Howard Collins make the statement on the News

Gerald Coba said...

Same time same place different year
See you there