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
CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Last year I wrote the Christmas message in my capacity as the interim Vice Chairman. Following the sudden death of Jeff Stevenson I became the de facto Chairman and at the AGM in October this year I was elected as your Chairman. I thank you all for your support and confidence in electing me as your Chairman for the next three years.
The festive season approaches and two things are absolutely certain; although for the first time in 72 years we do not have a Squadron deployed on operations we do have groups and individuals deployed in harm’s way somewhere in the world and the second is that the Christmas message to our members has to be written. As always during the past 72 years the first will be delivered with all the professionalism that the RAF Regiment is renowned for and generally now acknowledged by the other Services. 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.
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. Here are a few lines written, I believe, by SAC Teo Reynolds & SAC Speakman whilst serving with 37 Field Squadron at Khormaksor, Aden in 1967:
If you have a rockape for a friend then indeed a friend he will be too. Treat him right and you will find that he will sacrifice himself for you. These men have a code of honour that you might not understand, but once you get to know them you will wish you were part of that band. Need I say more.
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.