On this day, we do not celebrate war, but the willingness of our veterans to serve, sacrifice and protect, and we remember the thousands who never returned. We remember also the unsung civilian heroes, who fought and died, never wearing uniforms. In a larger sense, we also mark the tremendous price paid by all people affected by war and conflict. Whether you remember someone specifically, or contemplate the impact of war in a general sense, thank you for taking time to remember.
We here at SoRM never forget the sacrifices our veterans have made, but Remembrance Day is something very special. On the 11th day of the 11th month, we see the men and women who served standing together and we can see the lines etched in the faces of those who served during World War Two.
Radar was a new technology in 1939 and the men and women who worked with it were pioneers in the field. There are fewer and fewer WW2 radar veterans with us each year. If it wasn't fresh in our minds before, we lost a beloved member of our community, Ed Morgan, just on November 1st. We are reminded that these people, not so different from me and you, led deep and meaningful lives, were brave in the face of adversity, and though now advanced in age, once they were strong and firm, vibrant members of their communities, both military and civilian.
Today, two different WW2 radar veterans visited us. We were happy to host Hilda, a WAAF who served as a radar operator in England, her grand daughter and four great-grand sons. John Tevlin, who came with his son, served his whole WW2 radar career with the night fighters.
We humbly thank Hilda and John for their service and wish them all the best, as we do for all veterans, old and young.