February was a good month for members of our branch with visits to Bangkok, Chonburi and Laem Chabang Port. The trip to Bangkok was to donate 40,000 baht worth of goods to the Thai Veterans Hospital. This was raised in Jameson’s Pub during our Poppy Golf Tournament.
Having now bonded with and having a good relationship with the Thai Veterans Association we were invited to attend the Thai Veterans Day Parade in Chonburi, We expected to be sitting down watching a nice parade, wrong! We were promptly put on the parade and in fact became the “Guests of Honour”.
Guests of Honour at the march past.
After the parade we were invited to join our Thai friends for lunch. Veterans the world over are all the same, as “Swinging the Lamp” must be the same in any language. Stories were soon being told in sign language; the songs were a little harder to translate (Thank God!).
February is also Cobra Gold time and we were invited for a trip aboard the Marine Carrier USS Essex. It was at short notice so only a dozen members attended; however, all had a fantastic time and were amazed at the men and equipment she carried. Our thanks to our friends in the US Embassy for arranging this trip for us.
This year is the Royal British Legion’s 90th birthday. This will be celebrated in Pattaya on June 25th at the Queen Victoria Inn. More details will be given out later.
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On parade with the Chonburi Army Commander, on Thai Remembrance 3 Feb 2011.
Secretary Bert Elson and Standard Bearer Richard Holmes at the Thai Veterans Hospital in Bangkok.
Joining our Thai Friends on parade.
USS Essex, our group in the hanger.
The flight deck.
There must be a door somewhere!