During the last year we have focussed on commemorating all those who were killed, wounded or bereaved during the four years of the First World War. The Drumhead Service at Canterbury Cricket Ground encompassing all faiths was well attended despite the inclement weather. It was an opportunity to salute our own Reservists and hear the two Cathedrals’ Choirs singing together for the first time. On Armistice Sunday members of the Lieutenancy attended 103 different events across Kent either to lay wreaths at War Memorials or in the evening to be present at the ‘Battle’s Over’ Beacons commemorative events.
It was pleasing to see the many projects undertaken by schools across the county to ensure the up and coming generations are aware of the suffering and sacrifice made for us all a century ago and recognise that we must do our best to ensure it is never repeated.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has received 10 applications from Kent Charities – a marked increase on previous years – and we still hope others will consider entering the 2020 competition. Kent has many splendid charitable organisations. QAVS is the top national award and there must be many Kent organisations deserving of recognition. We should be keen to show that as with so many other aspects of Kentish Life we demonstrate best practice.
As we set out on a new year we are facing challenging times in the coming months. I very much hope we will all be able to pull together in facing the challenges as they present themselves.
With every good wish to you all for 2019, always remember “Invicta”.