Ace Cafe Remembrance Sunday service
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For some 20 odd years I’ve meant to go the Ace Cafe, but something always got in the way. Today this has finally been resolved, and what a day it was..........
Up at 5am a quick breakfast and me pills and I’m on the road before 6am. I got there an hour earlier than expected, but who cares... After a welcome coffee (cheaper & larger mugs than at most rallies !!!!!!!!!!), I sat down to read the papers and just to soak in the atmosphere.
Stevie arrived about 10am and after we had secured his gear in me car its off for another cuppa and for Stevie to sort out what’s happening.
Now the place was filling up nicely with bikes army/navy vehicles and loads of people. I never knew until I got there that there was a biker section of the Royal British legion. And a great day they put on as well. Just before 11am the service started with 2 heart felt poems.
The last post as usual gets into your soul and reminds you very harshly of those who made the ultimate sacrifice...
After the minutes silence came the reveille - a very moving moment for all and made special by the 3 flag bearers....
And after the service a surprise for many there Stevie and his "Lest we forget" song.
Now this song just tears you apart, but on this day it moved many people (even those like me who have heard it a few times before) and the applause afterwards just left Stevie breathless. I know from listening to people after he sang how much that song meant to them and how much it was appreciated by all. It is the first time live that there was total silence when he sang this song, and just looking at the faces of those around me you could feel the words finding there way into there hearts..
To everyone who helped organise today, many thanks for a great day out and hopefully we’ll meet again real soon.
To the Ace Cafe and all the staff, thank you for a very special day - I will definitely be back again soon...
And to all those who have survived/given the ultimate sacrifice - Lest we forget will never happen....
See ya all again soon