The RAF Regiment Memorial Garden’s new block paving in late-2009 enabled the establishment of individual and personalized Memorial Stones in the pathway. The Memorial Stones, manufactured in honed light grey granite and available in several distinct styles, may be ordered by anyone who may wish to commemorate a Corps individual, unit or event.
RAF Regiment Association National Chairman
Firstly, may I introduce myself to those of you who I have not yet met. My name is Peter Lawrence and, at the Annual General Meeting in October this year I was appointed as your interim Vice Chairman.
The festive season approaches and two things are absolutely certain; a Regiment Squadron will be deployed in harm’s way somewhere in the world and the Christmas message to the members has to be written. The first will be delivered with all the professionalism that the RAF Regiment is renowned for and the second needs to be short and express the fellowship of our family to all of you, especially those of our troops carrying out the first.
The stresses and strains on the serving arm of the family have been enormous for the last ten years at least and, for our older members, even longer stretching back to Aden, Northern Ireland, Dhofar, Belize as well as more recent actions in the Gulf and the Balkans. There is no substitute for hearth and home at Christmas. As Veterans we raise a glass to the lads who carry the name of our Regiment on operations and cast our minds back to when we did so too. What is definite is that if not at home then there is no better place to be than alongside people who know you, perhaps even better, than your parents or partner.
I ask you all to stay safe and think about those away; those gone on and those in difficulties and, to face the New Year and its challenges with the usual RAF Regiment fortitude and humour that is the essence and spirit of the Corps.
Merry Christmas and very best wishes to you all.
Vice-Chair RAF Regt. Assoc.