Due respect

PUBLISHED: 11:04 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 06 May 2010

SIR – On Tuesday, November 11, I was standing with several other people at the War Memorial in Park Street to observe the two minutes silence. When the 655 bus came to the bus stop, the young man driver pulled up and turned the engine off and stayed to o

SIR - On Tuesday, November 11, I was standing with several other people at the War Memorial in Park Street to observe the two minutes silence.

When the 655 bus came to the bus stop, the young man driver pulled up and turned the engine off and stayed to observe the silence. I thought how thoughtful of him.

Two days later I travelled on the bus with the same young man driver and I said what a thing for him to do. It turned out that he had served in Iraq and had lost friends there so he knew first-hand what his gesture meant.

As I got off the bus, I thanked him and again and wished him well, knowing he had been serving for us like all the other young men and women. With thanks to them all.

NAME & ADDRESS

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SIR - As a follow up to my recent letter (Herts Advertiser, November 12) I would like to say why I was disgusted by St Albans council's decision to have a market on Remembrance Sunday.

The council had had a market through the week - surely that was long enough without having one on Remembrance Sunday and I also think that it was disrespectful of the council to the fallen to have organised a market on Remembrance Sunday.

It does not matter whether they had one in the previous five years when veterans from the past and present conflicts and those like myself (having served 14 years in the army) wished to remember the fallen, not only in the past but those that are falling for this country at the present moment.

I have over the years attended many parades in the town and other locations in the nineties when I was an instructor with the army cadets.

As a private person this year I decided to parade in St Albans with the British Legion (who I must commend on their organisation of the event) as for the previous three years I had been a parade marshal at another location and wanted a change.

I also disagree with the council having a civic dinner at tax-payers expense when that money could have been given to help the heroes or to the widows and orphans of those fighting now. No doubt they will have some excuse for that I'm sure.

A WILLOUGHBY

Wright Close, Wheathampstead

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