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305th Memorial - 2007
Chelveston-cum-Caldecott Parish Council & the 305th BG Memorial Association

The 305th motto "Can-do"
The Can-do Motto

305th BG Memorial Dedication Service on Saturday 26th May 2007

13:00   858 ATC Sqn car parkers on duty at public parking field behind Village Hall.

13:30   Road closure & diversions take effect by Northants police.

13:45    Trucks, Troops & Stores US jeep convoy arrives at JST car park. Veterans transfer to seating.

13:55 All guests seated - Col Jack L Jones USAF, Group Capt Steve Lloyd RAF, 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom, Rev Cannon Grant Brockhouse, ENC Chairman Cllr Eloise Finch, Cllr Glenn Harwood, Mrs Jenifer Harwood, Mayor of Higham Ferrers Cllr Mick Beesley, Mrs Maureen Beesley and Mrs Margaret Hawkins.

14:00    Memorial service

Honour guard & Standard Bearers move into position - 423rd Air Base Group, Raunds & District Royal British Legion, Huntingdon & Yaxley branches Royal Air Force Association, 858 ATC (Rushden) Squadron and Raunds Temperance Band trumpeter.                                           

Announcement of the National Anthems by Cllr Adrian Dale

UK & US National Anthems (taped music)

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save The Queen!

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Welcome & Introductions by Cllr Adrian Dale.

The 8 unveilers are invited to move into position.

Margaret Hawkins is invited to read her poem - "Memorial of Thanks"

Poem by Margaret Hawkins.

Unveilers asked to unveil together -

Main memorial by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom & Past President Robert Buckley                     

364th BS post by Robert Sommer 365th BS post by Mrs Barbara Tesch
366th BS post by Paul Bosworth  422nd BS post by Delmar Ferguson
413 ASG post by James Shilling Snr Plaque by Ernest Evans

The unveilers return to their seats.

Speech by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom.

Fr Grant: Members of the 305th Bombardment Group Memorial Association, Wives, Civic Dignitaries, family members and friends and villagers, we are met today to remember those men who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, both during the time of military action and over the years that have since elapsed.

We remember them fittingly as heroes in whose glory we shared for brief moments of time.

Fr Grant: We remember them as comrades in arms, with whom we risked our lives on many occasions.
All: We remember them as patriots, who gave the supreme sacrifice that our national way of life might continue.
Fr Grant:  We remember them as friends with whom we have manifold associations.

We have not forgotten. We remember our fallen comrades of the 305th Bombardment Group and we join our hearts in this moment of silent prayer & meditation in their honour and memory.

(A short period of silence and reflection)
Fr Grant: As a symbol of the deep and lasting affection between the people of this Village and those associated with the 305th Bombardment Group, we dedicate >< and bless >< this new Memorial, so that all who come here may remember with gratitude those who have died in the cause of freedom and liberty, and once more affirm their desire for peace and justice throughout the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Speech by Group Capt Steve Lloyd, Deputy Head of the Air Historical Branch, RAF. Speech by Col Jack L Jones, Base Commander, 423rd Air Base Group, USAF.

Wreath laying - 6 members of 858 ATC line up as wreath bearers in front of squadron posts (no.1 by the podium end). In turn each wreath layer takes his wreath and lays it at the base of the main memorial, facing the road.

1.   305th BG by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom.
2.   Post war Strategic Air Command period by Ernest Evans (620th EAMC 1952-55)
3.   RAF by Group Capt Steve Lloyd
4.   423rd ABG by Col Jack L Jones
5.   Parish Council by Chairman Cllr Adrian Dale
6.   Trucks, Troops & Stores by Keith Belts

UK military bugle call "Last Post" by Christian Overhead, trumpeter from Raunds Temperance Band.
US military bugle call "Taps" (taped music)

One minute silence

Prayers & dismissal by Fr Grant.

Invitation by Cllr Adrian Dale to anyone wishing to lay a family or personal wreath to come forward now and do so.

Honour guard & Standard Bearers retire from memorial.

Followed by photo opportunities by the memorial.

15:30 - road re-opened.

16:30 - Veterans' coach departs for Bedford Hotel.

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