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Flag on St Michael’s Church Tower 17 September 2015
Posted: 17 September 2015 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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The parachute drop by the 1st British Airbourne Division to capture the strategic bridge at Arnhem took place on 17th September 1944. The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards was part of the relief column and on a visit to Elst on the 60th anniversary, 2004, we were presented by the Mayor of Elst at the Memorial which includes our Regiment with the flag ‘Bridge to the Future’ (A Bridge too Far – the bridge at Arnhem) with their grateful thanks and as a act of European reconciliation and peace.

The Aldbourne Parochial Church Council have kindly agreed that the larger version will be flown from St Michael’s Church tower on 17th September.

A company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st US Airborne Division were stationed in Aldbourne; our Regiment provided tank support during the campaign at Opheusden operating from Elst.

The Regiment organised a Remembrance Service attended by US and British Para veterans. The Regimental Banner was paraded and the Regimental piper attended. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by a member of the Aldbourne Band.

A plaque to commemorate the 506th stay in the village was provided by our Regiment and the Aldbourne Memorial Hall Committee arranged for it to be displayed with the Stars and Stripes flown over Capitol Hill again presented to our Regiment, the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

With grateful thanks to Cecil Newton 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

More information about presentations and the 101st Airborne in Aldbourne - formerly on the Aldbourne Village Website, now in the Aldbourne Archive - link

Photo of the flag on St Michael's Church - Aldbourne Village Gallery on Flickr - link
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