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    From your brief description of his service, I presume your father was (or should have been) awarded the Burma Star. If he qualified but did not receive his medal, please make sure he gets it at this stage. I hope he will be able to get some support via the Burma Star Association.

    In terms of memorials, the most obvious of course are the graves and memorials to the dead. In fact those of Empire forces are maintained by theCommonwealth War Graves Commission.

    There is however a more recent UK memorial to all those who fought or suffered in conflicts, the National Memorial Arboretum. This was a Millennium project and containsmemorials to numerous groups and conflicts, including the Burma Star.

    As far as the annual ceremonies go, one of the turning points in the Far East campaign is marked by the memorial at Kohima. The inscription on the memorial is used as the valedictory at the main annual service at the Royal Albert Hall and at many if not all the local ceremonies:

    "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
    For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

    Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 09:07:17 AM PDT

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