It is with great pride, that we have the opportunity to share with our website visitors the details of this Memorial Project.Please take a moment to read about this important historical project.
Memorial at Rougham Airfield England
The following is excerpted with permission from the 3Q06 Issue of “The Rougham Tower Roundup” Newsletter
Well we did it…. Our new Memorial was dedicated with a full formal service on schedule. At my opening speech I said
“It’s a great day for me and a great day for the RTA to see this project to its fruition.”
I want to say straight away that this was a team effort. Whilst the construction was taking place, the RTA continued with its daily routine of keeping the Museum running. We were a bit stretched at times, but we pulled it off. Thank you to everyone in the family of RTA from both sides of the pond in making this such a satisfying and successful project.
Describing the day for those that were unable to be present. In the morning there was a constant threat of rain, and about half an hour before kick off, a shower passed through, but was soon gone. The service was unaffected and a stiff breeze kept the flags flying. From RAF Mildenhall we were graced with the presence of USAF personnel in the form of their Honour Guard, and a Lt/Col Chaplain. The Royal British Legion was also present with their Standard.
The running order started of with me describing the why and wherefores of the project. The Chaplain then said a few well spoken words and brought us to say a pray. We then had the wreath laying ceremony, with all now standing. We laid a wreath of remembrance to the three Bomb Groups that were stationed at Rougham, the 47th, 322nd and the 94th. The 47th was laid by John Adams (RTA/USA membership), the 322nd by RTA member Peter Clark and the 94th by April Leech (94th BG Vice-President). Visiting Veteran Wilbur Richardson laid a wreath on behalf of his crew, RTA’s Dorene Nice on behalf of the RTA and finally a wreath by a member of the Royal British Legion. We remained standing as we respected our allegiances to our respective national anthems. I then spoke the words of Byron.
“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will remember them.”
There then followed a two minute silence, the conclusion was the breaking of the silence by a lone Piper playing from the Tower roof. With the conclusion of the formal ceremony, the standard bearers were stood down. I went onto say a few more words and then handed the microphone to Wilbur, who then relayed some humorous anecdotes of his time whilst stationed in England.
Most Recent Additions – February 2007
Hidden by the snow are the bronze plaques that commemorate individuals, crews or operational units. But these heavy duty plaques are manufactured by R&W Engraving in Biddeford Maine to withstand the hardest conditions that occur in that exposed location. They will last for future generations to see and to remember those who served at Rougham during WW II. They may commemorate anybody, living or dead, who served there in any capacity on the ground or in the air. – February 2007