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Dedication service for refurbished Burma Star Association Memorial

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St Albans Mayor Councillor Anthony Rowlands attended a service of dedication for a refurbished Burma Star Association Memorial.

The Rev. Mark Dearnley conducted the service in the grounds of St Peter’s Church, St Albans, on Tuesday 15 August - the 78th anniversary of VJ Day, Victory over Japan in World War Two.

Mayor Rowlands was joined by representatives of the Royal British Legion (RBL), both St Albans branch and Hertfordshire County RBL, as well as some members of the public.

Ian Blackmore, a St Albans resident and RBL member, organised the refurbishment of the memorial garden and plaque with help from the Council and local engravers Andy Shoesmiths.

The Burma Star Association was founded in 1951 to help and honour British veterans of the Second World War campaign in Burma.

Cllr Rowlands, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “Those who fought in the faraway Burma campaign between 1941 and 1945 were often referred to as our Forgotten Army.

“However, this memorial is a way of making sure they are remembered and that we can pay our respects to the sacrifices that were made.

“I was impressed with the thought and care that has gone into restoring both the plaque and surrounding garden. Those involved deserve the thanks of our whole community.”