NVA Branch 66 Laying Up of the Standard
Sunday 17th October 2010
By Helen Playford
With numbers fading it became time to lay up the Perth Western Australia Branch 66 Normandy Veterans well travelled Standard. Having travelled in 2009 to Britain and Normandy for the 65th Anniversary by Normandy Veterans Bob Tweed and Gordon Mason, who where introduced to the New Forest Normandy Veterans by 95yr old Veteran Bill Price (L d'Hon). Amongst all the other standards its was also featured on the BBC coverage of the rememberance. It was proudly paraded and carried across the miles from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere. Now it is laid to rest in the Soldiers Chapel in St Georges Cathedral in Perth Western Australia. www.perthcathedral.org (see the vitual tour on their website.)
The service was conducted by The Reverend Tim Harrison Chaplain, Airborne and Royal Marines Associations.
Chaplain Harrison's prayer "God of Love, and peace of heaven is your gift. We give you thanks for all those involved in the liberation of Normandy. Especially we remember those killed on land in the air and on the waters of the English Channel. We pray with confidence that you have granted them light and life in your nearer presence, together with those who have since died in the faith and forgiveness of Christ. "
Names for Photos:
Catherdral: Veterans Mason, Napier, Secretary Cuthbertson, President Tweed, New Forest Veteran Price, Social Secretary
Aubrey, Veterans Goldsmith and Reverand Tim Harrison.
Veterans Mason, Ex President Lamb, Price and Chairman Tweed.
History of St Georges Cathedral
Situated in the heart of the city of Perth, St George's is the principal cathedral of the Anglican Province of Western Australia and the metropolitical Diocese of Perth. Consecrated in 1888, St George's Cathedral stands as an architectural gem to the glory of God, to the pioneers who funded and constructed it and to the generations of faithful people who have maintained and preserved its fabric and traditions over the years.
St George's is one of only a few cathedrals constructed of handmade bricks.
Its gothic revival design is enhanced by a blend of local and imported materials, including local jarrah roof trusses and arches, limestone from Fremantle, bricks manufactured in three different brickyards along the Swan River, bluestone pillars from Victoria, Oregon pine ceilings, marble reredos manufactured in Italy with English alabaster inserts and a Caen stone pulpit carved in France.
Within the Cathedral are numerous icons, beautiful stained glass windows and memorials to Western Australian pioneers, community leaders and those who served in the wars of the twentieth century. The Soldiers' Chapel is a place of special interest.
The Cathedral's peal of bells, founded as a memorial to Queen Victoria, can be heard each Sunday before the 10.00am Choral Eucharist and 5.00pm Choral Evensong. These services also feature the widely acclaimed Cathedral Choir.