Dresden Trust Chair Eveline Eaton laid a wreath and represented the Dresden Trust at the annual Remembrance Day Service at The German War Cemetery, Cannock Chase . The German War Cemetery is located in a beautiful and tranquil valley on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. It was inaugurated in 1967. It is looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on behalf of its German equivalent, the VDK. It holds the graves of almost 5,000 German and Austrian servicemen and women who died in the two world wars and whose remains were found in this country.
Eveline Eaton writes: “It is both a service of remembrance, paying tribute to those who fought in defence of their country, and also of reconciliation.
The service was conducted by the Pastor of the Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinde of the West Midlands together with other local church ministers.
The German Embassy was represented by Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, Chargé d’Affaires. The British sent the Head of the War Graves Commission who are responsible for 1.7 million graves and memorials throughout the world.
Many wreaths were laid by the various participants – the German Embassy’s wreath was particularly beautiful. Our Dresden Trust’s white flowers with their meaning of healing, humility and reverence were favourably commented upon as being very different from the mainly plastic poppy wreaths.PAGRA (Penkridge Anglo-German Remembrance Day Association) provided the excellent organisation of the event as well as lunch. The brass music was played by Cannock Citadel Salvation Army Band with which Keith Hender was formerly very involved while his wife Isabel gave a humorous speech in German (well, ‘sort of German’). ”