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Holbeach war veteran (100) shares why Remembrance Day is important

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Continuing to honour those who gave their lives for our freedoms means that Remembrance Sunday should always be observed, say servicemen of all ages.

People gathered at war memorials across South Holland on Sunday to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Among those who marched in Holbeach’s People’s Parade on Sunday morning were 100-year-old Second World War veteran Jack Mills and 27-year-old Joshua Ward.

Joshua Ward and Jack Mills
Joshua Ward and Jack Mills

Mr Mills volunteered with the Royal Air Force, and went on to serve during the cruel campaign in Burma where Allied Forces not only faced the Japanese but also endured disease and severe weather.

He said: “Remembrance Sunday is important as we must remember the sacrifice that was made for our freedoms.

“I remember my fallen comrades who were buried where they fell in Burma fighting the war against the brutal Japanese army.”

Jack Mills
Jack Mills

As one of the few remaining Second World War veterans, Mr Mills proudly led the Holbeach People’s Parade down Fleet Street to the High Street war memorial.

He was also the first person to lay a wreath at the memorial during the service, which was organised by veterans’ champion Harold Payne.

Mr Mills said: “It is a proud moment for me to lead the parade on behalf of Holbeach.”

Joshua Ward lays flowers
Joshua Ward lays flowers

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Also marching in the parade was Joshua Ward, who serves in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical engineers.

Joshua said he was proud to wear his uniform on the streets as a visual reminder of the armed services.

He said: “Remembrance is not just about the two world wars but for people who are still serving today.

“It is not just for our forefathers but also for the guys and girls that I have lost and continue to serve with.
“It is important for people to continue to support Remembrance Day.”

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