Honouring our fallen
In a show of support and solidarity 27 members of our community attended Stonefall Airmen’s regional cemetery in Harrogate to honour those who lost their lives during World War II.
Of the 1061 graves, two thirds were soldiers from the Canadian Air Force who made up the no. 6 bomber group. Many died in Harrogate Hospital.
Seven of these men were Jewish Canadians. With no known relatives, Leeds AJEX and RBL MCB branch members, along with AJEX Chaplain, Rabbi Anthony Gilbert, attend the memorial service every year.
Wreaths were laid by local dignitaries and a special Canadian wreath was laid by Captain Navigator, Rick Venet, and RBL MCB standard bearer and branch Chairman, Alan Myerson. The Leeds AJEX wreath was laid by LJRC president, Laurence Saffer.
Rabbi Gilbert visited each of the Jewish graves and recited ‘Ail Molay Rachamin’. The two Standards were dipped, a Mogan Dovid poppy was placed by each grave and a small stone was placed on top as is the tradition. At the seventh grave Rabbi Gilbert recited the 23rd psalm in Hebrew and said Kaddish.