Parade remembers the forgotten army

PUBLISHED: 12:55 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

Pics: Daniel Wilson

Pics: Daniel Wilson

ABOUT 400 Second World War veterans turned out for the annual Burma Star memorial day at the Duxford Imperial War Museum. Held to coincide with VJ Day, the Burma Star memorial day allows the public to talk to veterans about their experiences. Jimmy Kemp,

ABOUT 400 Second World War veterans turned out for the annual Burma Star memorial day at the Duxford Imperial War Museum.

Held to coincide with VJ Day, the Burma Star memorial day allows the public to talk to veterans about their experiences.

Jimmy Kemp, a Far East veteran from Royston, who also worked at the war museum, said: "This event means a tremendous amount to us.

"During the war we were a forgotten army fighting on the other side of the world and later generations know little, if anything, about the war in the Far East.

"This day not only commemorates the men who fought out there, but also helps to educate young people about the war in that part of the world."

Two mules, Meg and Molly, returned to demonstrate the role played by the animals in the war.

Unfortunately a planned fly past could not take place because of the weather, but the crowd was entertained by the Band of the Brigade of Ghurkas, who appeared at the event for the first time.

Event organiser Jessica Jeske said: "Everything went to plan on the day and we've had some excellent feedback.

"The performance by the Ghurkas was a particular highlight, and we were delighted they were able to attend."

Philippa Evans, of the Imperial War Museum, said: "The concern before the day was about the weather, but in the end it wasn't too bad.


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