Llanelli Veterans Association, under the very able leadership of Lt Col David Mathias, did Llanelli proud when they paraded the standards on four separate occasions during a weekend of events in the Dutch city of ‘sHertogenbosch, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the city from the Nazis on 27th October 1944, in which the 53rd Welsh Division played the major role. Also taking part in the commemorative events were Brecon Male Voice Choir, the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh and soprano Llio Evans.
It was a real privilege to be with the Llanelli Veterans on this very special 75th anniversary, and a real lesson to us that all these years on the citizens of ‘s-Hertogenbosch never take their freedom for granted and continue to express their gratitude to the Welsh for their role in the liberation.
There were many very moving moments during the beautiful events we took part in. I would like to thank Lt Col David Mathias for all his work in co-ordinating the musical events with the Dutch, organising the participation by the Llanelli Veterans and kindly allowing me to join them.