Thursday, 1 September 2011

Royal Wootton Bassett

I am very proud of Wootton Bassett and the homage it pays to the fallen.  Last night the small town had a celebration to end the convoy of the fallen.  I know many people who live in Wootton Bassett.  I have been in various pubs when a casuality of the war has taken his/hers last journey through the streets of Wiltshire.  These people wait for hours along the route to pay their respects, and lets face it they could be doing other things.  There is no less than 49 locations where people gather to say farewell.

This all started when 3 people from Wootton Bassett stopped on the day of a courtege.  Then more and more people started to pay their respects until the entire high street was lined with people.  I think this has been a great way to show the world how this has affected the family's who have had to cope without their loved one.  

Wootton Bassett is only a 15 minute drive from my house and now it is globally renowned, even Barrack Obama has mentioned it in a speech.  It would be nice if a village or town takes on the same responsibility of respect when they arrive at the new base.

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