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The Sandbag Times Issue No:56

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The Veterans Magazine

D-DAY WALL - PORTSMOUTH

D-DAY WALL - PORTSMOUTH Tim Rusby, Trustee - D Day Trust Last week, Portsmouth, UK proudly hosted the UK’s 2019 commemorations for D-Day 75. D-Day’s 75th anniversary represented the last large-scale gathering of living soldiers, sailors, and airmen who took part in the fight for Europe. To remember is to create a better future. Remembrance is important, to ensure that all the suffering and sacrifices made during World War II will be not be forgotten. Most of the eyewitnesses have died, and in a few more years, practically no one will be alive who will be able to tell us what happened. In 2015, The D-Day Trust, (www.ddaytrust.co.uk) a registered charity, was created to continue to preserve the memory of the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Our work is to continue the D-Day legacy to memorialize the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought to liberate Europe. We support the work of The D-Day Story (the UK’s only dedicated D-Day museum). https://theddaystory.com and the Normandy Memorial Wall, again the UK’s only national memorial wall dedicated to those who took part in the Normandy Campaign or who made a significant contribution, regardless of nationality and arm of service. Our ambition is to fill all 10,000 bricks on the Memorial Wall to permanently express our gratitude for the service of those veterans, it allows visitors, friends, and family to consider how it must feel for veterans to reflect on the intense experiences they endured on D-Day and the days that followed Portsmouth has a proud place in our nation’s history. It’s a city steeped in military history and one that played an important role in the D-Day landings. Portsmouth was the centre of D-Day staging - one of the main embarkation points for troops. Thousands of troops of multiple nationalities were located throughout the city in the lead up to D-Day, and hundreds of ships and landing craft gathered in the Solent. Wounded men from D-Day were evacuated to Portsmouth for hospital treatment and our cemeteries have hundreds of D-Day troops laid to rest in them. Friends and relatives of those who took part in the campaign are invited to commission the engraving and installation of a brick bearing the name and unit (regiment, ship or squadron) or organisation of the person they wish to honour and remember. It is suggested that the first name by which he or she was ordinarily known is used, without rank or initials. In addition, regiments, corps, ships, squadrons and civilians supporting organisations can record their participation by having their crest or logo installed on the wall. The cost is £100 for a Memorial brick and £500 for crest or logo. We would like to build awareness of the Memorial Wall to create a lasting legacy that keeps the story alive for future generations. We would appreciate your help in sharing information about our work and the Normandy Memorial Wall. We want to remember Veterans before their stories are lost. | 26 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk

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Please sort them out for us and you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the Royal International Air Day 2019 To enter, simply email your answers to info@sandbagtimes.com Competition closes midnight Friday 28th June 2019 Royal Navy International Air Day AXIS EVEN EAR HEAR SIR DICT LAW ABSQUE HEINZ HELMET KORMA RASHLY LING THING HI STORMY VC DONER SNELL LARA MARRIED AVON STORYLINE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER ON OUR ESTATE AT BOSBURY IN HEREFORDSHIRE We provide residential accommodation for veterans and their families who are in need of assistance or are interested in a career in the rural sector. We are fund raising to expand our existing cottages and flats, with the aim of eventually having 35-40 across the estate. We are establishing a recovery farm for veterans to work with livestock and grow their own vegetables and fruit as part of their therapy. WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER ON OUR ESTATE AT BOSBURY IN HEREFORDSHIRE We offer training courses for commercial skills qualifications in the rural and construction sectors, ranging from chainsaw WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER ON OUR ESTATE AT BOSBURY IN HEREFORDSHIRE operation, We provide telehandler, residential accommodation tracked excavator for through veterans to and spraying their certificates. families who These are in help need veterans of assistance gain employment or are interested or give in a them career in the rural sector. We are fund raising to expand our existing cottages and flats, with the aim of eventually having 35-40 across the estate. confidence to establish their own business. These courses are available to veterans from across the UK. We provide residential accommodation for veterans and their families who are in need of assistance or are interested in a career in the We are establishing a recovery farm for veterans to work with livestock and grow their own vegetables and fruit as part of their therapy. We rural arrange sector. work We are placements fund raising within to expand the construction, our existing agricultural cottages and and flats, horticultural with the industries aim of eventually which having 35-40 across the estate. We offer training courses for commercial skills qualifications in the rural and construction sectors, ranging from chainsaw operation, may lead to telehandler, potential employed tracked excavator positions. through Employment to spraying opportunities certificates. are also These available help veterans on our livestock gain employment farms, or give them confidence to establish their own business. These courses are available to veterans from across the UK. We are establishing a recovery farm for veterans to work with livestock and grow their own vegetables and fruit as part of their therapy. with veterans working as part of a small team under our Farm Manager. We arrange work placements within the construction, agricultural and horticultural industries which may The estate lead to has potential support employed staff for positions. managing Employment and reviewing opportunities each individual’s are also Personal available Development on our livestock Plan. farms, with veterans working as part of a small team under our Farm Manager. We offer training courses for commercial skills qualifications in the rural and construction sectors, ranging from chainsaw operation, telehandler, tracked excavator through to spraying certificates. These help veterans gain employment or give them The confidence Any help estate or has to support establish support of this their staff Military own for managing business. Charity and is These greatly reviewing courses appreciated. each are individual’s available All donations to Personal veterans are gratefully Development from across received. the Plan. UK. Donations can be made via our Facebook page or through Amazon Smile when purchasing goods. Any help or support of this Military Charity is greatly appreciated. All donations are gratefully received. Donations We Call arrange our Veterans can work be placements Support made via Manager our within Facebook on the 07342 construction, page 874385 or through agricultural for further Amazon information. and Smile horticultural when purchasing industries goods. which Call our Veterans Support Manager on 07342 874385 for further information. may lead to potential employed positions. Employment opportunities are also available on our livestock farms, with veterans working as part of a small team under our Farm Manager. The estate has support staff for managing and reviewing each individual’s Personal Development Plan. www.sandbagtimes.co.uk Any help or support of this Military Charity is greatly appreciated. All donations are gratefully received. Donations can be made via our Facebook page or through Amazon Smile when purchasing goods. Call our Veterans Support Manager on 07342 874385 for further information. 27 |

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