County Council staff remember fallen heroes

Members and staff of the County Council gathered at the war memorial next to Winchester’s Great Hall on Friday 11 November

Nov 11 2016

Act of remembrance

County Council staff gathered at the war memorial next to Winchester’s Great Hall today (Friday 11 November) to pay their respects to servicemen and women who lost their lives in war, including staff and members of County Council.

The Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Chapman MBE, led the Act of Remembrance, as staff and councillors, including Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs and Armed Forces Champion, stood shoulder-to-shoulder to observe the two minute silence on Armistice Day.

Councillor Chapman urged those attending to remember and commemorate all the servicemen and women who lost their lives in war, their bereaved families and friends, as well as wounded servicemen and women who returned with life-changing injuries. He also saluted members of the Armed Forces who, he said, “continued to place themselves in harm’s way to protect others.” A wreath was laid at the ‘To Honour a Promise’ memorial.

There were poignant readings by Reservists and ex-Service members of County Council staff.

Councillor Chapman added: “It is right to commemorate the sacrifices that were made by so many service people, including County Council staff. In so doing, we should also consider the responsibility we have to remember not only those whose sacrifices were made on our behalf, but also their families whose lives were, and still are, so badly affected either by the loss of loved ones or the disabilities they suffered.”

There are more than 85,000 military personnel, veterans, reservists and MOD civilian employees across Hampshire.

The Local Authority employs a number of ex-service personnel and reservists from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, with reservists entitled to two weeks additional paid leave for training and other duties.

Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs and Armed Forces Champion added: “We are committed to supporting our Armed Forces community, including regulars, reservists, veterans and their families. Through the Military Covenant, which Hampshire was one of the first to sign, around £2 million in grants has been secured to date, for over 50 projects across the county, which benefit Service families and the wider local community. We have always been proud of our long association with the Armed Services and we are proud to be able to honour the commitment and sacrifices they make for the security and wellbeing of our country.”

Picture: Left to right: Chairman of Hampshire County Council Councillor Keith Chapman MBE and Councillor Andrew Joy, the County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs and Armed Forces Champion laying a wreath at the ‘To Honour a Promise’ memorial.