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Armistice day Koh Samui

Article for publication on 11 November 2015

Armistice day

poppy day koh samuiOn Sunday the 8th of November a Service of Remembrance was held at the Shakespeare bar in Plai Laem to honour all British, Commonwealth and Allied personnel who gave their lives during world war one (WW1) and in subsequent conflicts. In attendance were members of all three services, along with the British Honorary Consul who laid a wreath on behalf of her Majesty. The service was held indoors due to the likelihood of rain (Samui is currently in Monsoon) yet still attracted an audience of more than 50 residents from around the island, including some from Canada and Australia. A garden of Remembrance was kindly erected by Landlord Joe Underwood to enable veterans or relatives to place crosses, many of which were poignantly inscribed.

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the armistice in which the guns fell silent on 11 November 1918. We respectfully ask that readers observe a 2 minute silence at 11am as a mark of respect to all who fell.

Lest we forget

 

Notes for editor:

  • Samui’s ex service community are relatively small in number yet all 3 services (RN, Army, RAF) are represented. Between them they have served in every major theatre since the 1950’s.
  • This was our 7th annual service of remembrance and the 10th year that we (Samui Archipelago) have participated in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
  • Poppy Boxes will remain in situ until 1800hrs today (11th). We (Poppy Appeal team) will start to recover the boxes from 12th
  • The support of the resident community each year is very much appreciated, THANK YOU.

 

Samui Ex Servicemen

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