Today Mary and I will be attending Jeffcote Road War Graves Cemetery in Wolverhampton. It is the time when the Annual Laying of wreaths takes place. It is a special Remembrance Ceremony attended by the Mayor of the City.
The Freedom Regiment The Prinses Irene Brigade based in the Nederlands is one of the only, if not the only, Foreign based Regiment with this honour in the West Midlands County.
The link with the Prinses Irene Brigade and Wolverhampton goes back to the Second World War when the brigade was billeted in Wrottesley. A little known fact is that during this time the Dutch Crown Jewels were kept in the safe at Wolverhampton Town Council!
I am very proud that during my term of office as Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton in 2005/2006 that I took the resolution, to the City Council and engendered the full City Council to support making the Brigade a ‘Freedom Regiment’. for the City of Wolverhampton.
Today I will stand in silence and reflect on the Prinses Irene Brigades role in the Second World War, think about the great friendships that have sprung up every years since that war ended here in Wolverhampton and the families of those in Nederlands.