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#16888 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 28 April 2011 - 09:07 PM in Explore Crete

Manny

The Fallschirmjaeger have quite a good representation on Crete. I suspect it is because many of them were generally younger than the Allies. They hold a service at the German War Cemetery, Maleme, on the Sunday afternoon (22nd). For the last three years the UK contingent have been invited to attend the service and have been made very welcome. A small reception is laid on near the entrance to the cemetery. The society lay a wreath at the service. It is not known at what time the Red Arrows will be performing on the Sunday but if mid-day or later, we will be unable to make the service unless it is re-arranged.

Cheers

Arthur


PS You may probably be aware that there is a "dress code" for services adhered to by the Society - shirt ties/jacket/blazer,etc. In the past, some have attended in shorts and T shirts which does little to add to the solemnity of the occasions!



#16881 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 26 April 2011 - 02:46 PM in Explore Crete

Hello Travis

I think Tim summed up the week we spend on Crete very well. It is pleasing to note yet another person who wishes to join with us to commemorate the Battle of Crete. I have been in touch with several people who are attending for the first time and I am sure this year, being the 70th Anniversary, will be particularly special. Get yourself to Mikes and be sure of a warm welcome from myself, Tim and many others. I am presently working on an address I will give at the Welch Regiment Memorial at Galatas. Due to being the only person from Wales to attend for the last 4 years, Maureen Moss, our secretary, asked me to take the service! I am scratching my head to think of something to say, but I am getting there! After an absence of several years, a Crete Veteran, Mr D Davies, OBE, MM will be present this year. He will be requested to lay the wreath and recite the exhortation.

Look forward to seeing you at Mike`s.

Arthur Roper



#16856 Battle Of Crete 70th Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 06 April 2011 - 03:43 PM in Introduce Yourself

Hello Everybody

I am not sure if everyone is aware, but The Red Arrows will carrying out a display over Chania Harbour on Sunday 22 May. They did a display in 2009 and it was certainly a thrilling site to see them against the clear blue Cretan sky! In 2009 the display took place at 0945 hours and at precisely 0945 they swept overhead from inland at very low level - it was stunning! If I can establish the precise time of the display I will let you know - there are likely to be thousands at the disply.

Best wishes

Arthur Roper



#16840 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 27 March 2011 - 06:11 PM in Explore Crete

Roy

Normally Thursday (19th) AT 11am. Will let you know if we advised otherwise.

Cheers

Arthur



#16838 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 26 March 2011 - 04:23 PM in Explore Crete

Roy

Directions to Mike`s.

Travelling through Maleme in the direction of Tavronitis Bridge, Mike`s Hotel is on the right hand side as you leave Malame - there is a garage next door to Mikes.

Arthur



#16836 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 25 March 2011 - 10:06 PM in Explore Crete

Roy

I have attended the RAF memorial service for several years. I understand the UK Crete Veterans & Friends obtain their wreaths with appropriate crests from the Royal British Legion. The wreaths available in Crete are not of the traditional"poppy" type with which we are familiar in the UK. Hope to see you at Mikes.

Best wishes

Arthur Roper



#16785 Battle Of Crete 70th Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 18 February 2011 - 05:44 PM in Introduce Yourself

Hi Tim, Mike & Roy

In 2009 RAF personnel from RAF Benson and RAF Lyneham attended the services at the RAF Memorial, The Welch & Suda Bay. As Tim mentions, the cuts may have an impact on this year`s attendance by serving RAF members. It is always a very dignified and personal service at the RAF Memorial and last year we were all moved by the spreading of the ashes of Mike`s late father.

The number of "new" people attending seems to be building up and I think we can look forward to a memorable and moving week.

Best wishes everybody see you in May!


Arthur Roper



#16764 Battle Of Crete 70th Anniversary 2011

Posted by arthur roper on 08 February 2011 - 01:00 PM in Introduce Yourself

Ian

The programme for the Battle of Crete commemorations is invariable available at the last minute! However, it tends to follow the same pattern as previous years. It being the 70th Anniversary, there are likely to be more events and a greater number of people attending. If possible, I would suggest you and your colleague visit Mike`s Hotel in Maleme from 17/18th May as it is the main focus of the UK Crete Vetertans & Friends Society. The hotel is on the main road in Maleme, on the right hand side as you leave the village to travel to Tavronitis. The main commemoration will at CWGC Suda Bay on Saturday 21 May. If you can make it to Mike`s you will be very welcome and will meet some very interesting people. I am sure you could also secure some sponsorship for the great cause of Help for Heroes.

Cheers

Arthur Roper

PS A contributor to this forum and Battle of Crete expert, Mr Tim Todd, made the trek about 5(?) years ago - I am sure he could give you some advice as long as you don`t want him to join you! I think Tim will be in Crete in May.