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Trip Report 2016

In August we were hugely touched and pleased that 19 veterans were able to attend VJ commemorations in Yangon at the City Cemetery where many WW2 Burma Campaign soldiers are buried. The British Ambassador, Andrew Patrick, was present, and to everyone’s surprise the Burmese military (a first) were well represented. Among others attending were the UK Military Attache, Colonel Tony Stern and other dignitaries. Representing H4FA were myself and Duncan Gilmour. Andrew Curtis of Norwich School and Seagrim House, which the famous Major Seagrim attended as a boy, flew out from the UK. The 19 veterans arrived with some of our volunteers who distribute grant money in Yangon and Loikaw, Toungoo and the Delta area. We paid for one old veteran from Loikaw to fly to Yangon. It was a first for him and he thor- oughly enjoyed himself. For these now very ancient and impoverished warriors to be together and to be entertained afterwards at the British Ambassador’s residence was a joy to see. They have spent so many years of their lives marginalised in Burmese society for their service with the Allies, this was some sort of recognition of their ser- vice and sacrifice in the Burma Campaign.

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