Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Online Remembrance Sunday Tribute
St Paul’s will be holding a service of remembrance on Sunday 13 Nov starting at 10.45am.
This year, we are also paying a special online tribute to members of our brave armed forces, who gave their lives in battle.
At 11am on Remembrance Sunday, we will release a podcast on our Audioboo network. This will include thoughts from Major General Tim Cross OBE, Major General Roddy Porter MBE, Colonel Ivar Hellberg OBE and ‘Padre’ Mark Chester.
Major General Tim Cross is a local lay minister here at St Paul's. He has been engaged in various conflicts, in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Kosovo and Iraq. His last operation tour was as the senior British officer working with the senior American HQ in Baghdad in 2003.
Major General Roddy Porter is also a member of St Paul's. Colonel of the Royal Welsh, he was until recently Chief of Staff (Joint Warfare Development) at the UK Joint HQ. He has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq during his 30 year career in the army.
Colonel Ivar Hellberg is a member of St Paul's. In his 37 year service career he saw active service in Borneo and the Falklands War. It was in the Falklands he received a citation whilst serving as a Royal Marine commander. Ivar is no stranger to the casualties of conflict.
Rev Mark Chester is the vicar of St Paul's. He has recently completed a tour of Afghanistan as a unit padre in Helmand Province. Prior to becoming a vicar, he also served in the regular army.
Following the podcast release, St Paul’s shall fall silent on social networks, as a mark of respect.
This is intended as a bold gesture for our brave hero's. We wanted to show our heartfelt support to all our armed forces who gave everything, so that we might have freedom. They are particularly in our mind at this time, as our own vicar, Rev Mark Chester, has just returned from Afghanistan, serving as a unit padre.