“For We Are Young And Free”–A visit to the War Memorial Part 2

As mentioned in my last post, Mum and I returned to the War Memorial on Thursday 15th June to attend the Last Post Ceremony which is held at 4:55pm each day. It had been a long held bucket list dream not only to go to the Memorial, but to attend the ceremony so when it actually happened, I couldn’t quite believe that I was actually there.

We had spent the afternoon going back through the Memorial, viewing exhibits that we didn’t get to see in any depth when we were there on Monday. One exhibit that I couldn’t tear myself away from was the mighty Avro Lancaster bomber known as “G For George.”

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As you can see from the picture above, “George” is a truly impressive sight and the picture certainly doesn’t do it justice. He was a part of an exhibit called “Striking By Night” which tells the story of Bomber Command and the brave souls who flew the missions….and quite often didn’t come home. Watching and listening to the audio visual display brought home just how dangerous these missions were. It was no wonder that over 55,000 casualties came from Bomber Command, including the man who was honoured at the day’s Last Post Ceremony—Flight Sergeant Trevor Turner Clarke.

Clarke’s story can be heard on the following video which was the livestream of the Last Post Ceremony held on Thursday 15th June 2017 at the Memorial.  As you will see, it was a truly moving experience that made standing in the freezing cold well worth it.

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