Anniversaries

It’s the 76th anniversary of VJ day on Sunday 15th August 2021, and the end of the Second World War. This year there are going to be actual live events, after the pandemic induced difficulties of VJ75 in 2020.

This December it will be the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, 8-25 December 1941. The Chinese government is unlikely to have an appetite for commemorations but I have been in touch with Professor Kwong Chi Man at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is creating an interactive map of the battle, showing the “Faces of War”, to which I have contributed a summary of Dad’s story. The map will be available to view in English and Chinese. As soon as there is a live link I will post it here.

It was the 40th anniversary of Dad’s death on 25 July 2021. I happened to be in England that weekend so I visited my mother at her nursing home on the anniversary. She has severe dementia and doesn’t recognise me, not helped by the fact that I haven’t seen her for a year and covid precautions meant I had to wear a mask, gloves and an apron. I must have been quite an alarming stranger to find in her room! I showed her a photo of my father in dress uniform, taken in 1952 when they were first married. Sadly she didn’t seem to recognise him either. It was very distressing for me to see her oblivious to the love of her life. I understand that memory recedes to further and further back in someone’s life, but I thought she might still have Dad in her mind. She lost the grandchildren first, then us children and now her husband and brother. It’s unbearably sad to witness and it must be very lonely for her.

John Monro 1952
Lt Col John Monro MC RA, 1952

This just strengthens my view that we must preserve the stories of our loved ones as they may otherwise vanish with the death or memory loss of those who knew them personally. What do you know of your parents’ lives? Your grandparents and other relatives? Find out and write it down! Research what they can’t tell you or remember – it’s never been easier with all the resources of the internet at your disposal. I promise you, there will be some amazing stories in there.

2 thoughts on “Anniversaries

  1. So sad for you Mary 😢… thinking of you 🥰

    On Sun, 15 Aug 2021 at 08:07, Stranger In My Heart wrote:

    > Mary276 posted: ” It’s the 76th anniversary of VJ day on Sunday 15th > August 2021, and the end of the Second World War. This year there are going > to be actual live events, after the pandemic induced difficulties of VJ75 > in 2020. This December it will be the 80th annive” >

  2. Mary, I already wrote(‘16) my family ‘mini histories’, & my own
    ‘Memoirs’(all 70+ pages!),but still have to add pics & charts.
    I cd send you copies if interested?
    Also, on Sun Oct 3 Julie & I go to
    the National Memorial Arboretum, nr Burton on Trent,
    for the dedication of the Lisbon Maru disaster new Memorial.
    Over 800 POW’s from HK lost their lives, but my wounded father lived with 200+others
    & spent next 3 years as POW
    in Kobe. Had he not been wounded, he wd have escaped
    from Shamshuipo with his brother officer Tony Hewitt
    (later my stepfather!)
    Mark & Julie Weedon
    07887 480014

    Sent from my iPhone

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