As previously advised, this year’s service will be held in the Greek Grove, National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield at 11.30am on Saturday 10th September 2022, or, if wet, in the chapel at 12 noon. Arrangements at the Arboretum are the same this year as in 2021. All visits must be pre-booked – up to two weeks in advance. If booking online the email address is http://www.thenma.org.uk. If you are arriving by car, please note that one ticket is required per four wheeled vehicle (cost £4.00) and all passengers are included in the ticket. If you cannot book online, phone NMA 01283 245 100. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us for a buffet lunch after the service. Lunch will be held at a nearby venue, for which there is a small charge per person, payable on the day.
For our UK group, having missed the 2020 and 2021 services, it was absolutely wonderful to be back, once again, in Kalamata. The commemoration was held Tuesday 10th May at 11.00 a.m. at the Memorial in the Railway Park. The Mayor, Mr Athanasios Vasilopoulos, was unfortunately unable to attend, but was ably represented by the Deputy Mayor, Mr George Favas. Also in attendance was Captain Alex Bush, Defence Attaché from the British Embassy in Athens, as well as other civic and military dignitaries. The Deputy Mayor gave an address, followed by Captain Bush. Then Janet Parkin said a few words – once again reiterating that the Greek Campaign must not be forgotten, and thanked the City of Kalamata for continuing to be so supportive and for organizing “this important Annual Act of Remembrance”. Barry Parkin gave the oration. Laurel wreaths were laid by the Greek dignitaries and poppy tributes were laid by Captain Alex Bush and by the following Brotherhood representatives: Lorraine Gill in Remembrance of the Prisoners of War; Mrs Di Billnge on behalf of the Widows; Mrs Tricia Cruise In Memory of Deceased Members; Doug (Buster) Beckett on behalf of the Brotherhood of Veterans of the 1941 Greek Campaign and Jane Thomas on behalf of the British Residents of Kalamata. We were also joined this year by Mr Ronen Polovian who laid a wreath on behalf of the Jewish Pioneer Families Association. After the service we enjoyed refreshments in the Railway Park, generously hosted as usual by the Kalamata City Council. Many thanks also go to Astri Mavrea, Press and PR Officer at Kalamata City Hall for all her help and support.
This year’s service will be held in the Greek Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield on Saturday 10th September 2022 at 11.30am in the Greek Grove, or in the chapel if wet. Further details will be published nearer the time.
This year’s commemoration in Kalamata of the 1941 Greek Campaign has been scheduled for Tuesday 10th May 2022 (depending on Covid situation). Several airlines fly direct to Kalamata: Ryanair and Jet2 from Stansted, easyJet from Gatwick and Jet2 from Manchester. Some of us stay at the Haikos Hotel which we book directly. In addition, Thomas Cook offer package holidays to Kalamata. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to join us for the ceremony and/or would like more information.
We do not yet have a date for the Kalamata Reunion in 2022 but we hope this will be held the week commencing 9th May 2022. Based on previous years, the ceremony is usually held on a Tuesday which would be 10th May 2022. We will publish an update when we know more.
The UK Reunion at Lichfield will be held Saturday 10th September 2022. More information will follow in due course.