Postponement of Thirty-First Reunion of the Association's Members
On Tuesday, 5th May, the members of the Association were supposed to have been gathering in London from the four corners of the globe for their biennial reunion. For obvious reasons this reunion has now been postponed, along with all the events that were due to take place, including their Service of Remembrance and Re-dedication to which many family members and descendants as well as other guests of the Association had been invited and which was to have been attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the Association, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The week was planned to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE day which the members were looking forward to celebrating at the National Army Museum this coming Friday. A dinner at the Rubens Hotel was planned for the preceding evening to mark the occasion, with HRH The Princess Royal honouring the members as their guest. The members would like to extend their thanks to all those who had pledged support for the reunion and helped with planning events, in particular, HRH The Prince of Wales, Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Mr Malcolm Hendry of The Rubens Hotel and Mr Oliver Drury of Adnams Brewery and the Council of the National Army Museum. They look forward to a time in the not too distant future when it might be possible to reschedule and when old friends can meet again.
As well as reflecting on the steadfast and courageous actions of all those who fought off the threat of the Nazis, the members and trustees of the Association in particular reflect on the deeds of Flt Lt John Cruickshank VC, whose VC action took place in July 1944. John will be 100 years old later this month and we look forward to expressing our pride in him and to paying tribute to him again then.