I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have been a support over the past year. The constant support of friends, family and the public has helped build up a fantastic project to remember those who served with the AAGB, those who donated to the AAGB and those who laid their lives down serving with the AAGB. I feel that we are still in the early days of what can be done to help preserve the memory of the AAGB and I hope that in 2018 we will be able to continue to grow.
Christmas acts as a symbol of peace, the one time in the year that most people can relax, spend time with their family and be thankful for what we have. It is important to appreciate this peace that we feel at Christmas, indeed in 1940 Britain was in the hight of The Blitz. 77 years ago people were not rushing around the table for a vast Christmas meal, they were down into the air raid shelters. What rest-bite they got from the bombing was tarnished by the worry of loved ones who, although had recently been evacuated home, knew that they may soon again be forced to go back across the English Channel to fight against Hitler’s war machine. Many had already lost their loved ones and a 1940 Christmas dinner would have left a lot to be desired compared to modern standards.
For drivers of the AAGB there was to be little rest. On the night of the 29th of December 1940 the Nazi’s dropped over 100,000 bombs onto London, the night being named the “Second Great Fire of London”. AAGB volunteers, along with all the other emergency services and civil defence organisations worked tiredly to save as many lives as they possibly could.
This Christmas, we can be extremely grateful for those that past before us and helped to save Britain. And as we rejoice in Christmas spirit, we can think it lucky that we are not being bombarded from the air and that we don’t have to run to the shelters. We can also be grateful for all the members of the modern day emergency services and armed forces who are away from there families this Christmas, to look after us and help us if we need it.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and I hope to be able to have your continued support through 2018 and beyond.