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Lest We Forget

Paul Reay

16.11.2018

There were some who laid flowers, there were some who laid medals, there were even some who laid down full pints of bitter, their contents never to be consumed. Remembrance can hold different meanings to different people.

It is hard to comprehend the number of people who lost their lives, having made the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and Country. Although this year we celebrate 100 years since the conclusion of WW1, sadly, since then there have been a number of further conflicts which have taken the lives of so many more men and women.

Having worked on behalf of those who have served in the British Army for a number of years, I have witnessed first-hand the effects of war and conflict. Not only is it common for soldiers to suffer physical injury but the psychological trauma caused by witnessing incidents on the battlefield is having a significant impact upon those who are lucky enough to return to their loved ones. It is heart-breaking to read about the number of servicemen and women who have taken their own lives, having struggled to cope with life after service.

Most of us are able to live our lives as we do thanks to the sacrifices of these brave men and women. For that reason, it is imperative that we as a nation never forget those who have fallen.

Although we frequently offer legal advice to those who currently serve, or who have served in the past, in the military,  we don’t stop there. As a law firm we try to do as much as we possibly can to support those who have fought on our behalf and therefore it was a great pleasure recently to sponsor the fabulous ‘poppy tree’ on behalf of the Royal British Legion at Mottram Hall. We had the privilege of attending a special afternoon at Mottram Hall where the very special ‘poppy tree’ was on display. We were joined by Julian Valentine, Parade Marshall and member of the Bollington Royal British Legion (RBL), David Thickett, Chairman of Bollington RBL, Andy Langdon, ex-Mayor of Bollington, and of course members of the Wilmslow RBL and a number of war veterans.

It is always a pleasure to support The Royal British Legion, a fantastic charity that provides vital support for those who have served in the Armed Forces. People will be familiar with the RBL’s Poppy Appeal, which raises he funds to help ex-military personnel on a daily basis.

The ‘Poppy Tree’ will be on display at Mottram Hall for a number of weeks and is well worth seeing!

I am often told I am regarded as the Military’s "go-to" expert in respect of any family-related legal issue. Certainly I am familiar with the culture of serving in the Military and how this differs from life on ‘Civvy Street’. I'm here to help you, so if you would like a free initial consultation with me please telephone 01625 813115 or email paul.reay@mcalisterfamilylaw.co.uk

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