WARM WELCOME HOME TO THE WELSH GUARDS FROM HOUNSLOW COUNCIL
A fantastic ‘welcome home’ was given to members of 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards by the London Borough of Hounslow today following their recent return from Afghanistan.
The Hounslow-based Battalion, which tragically lost three of their number on the operation, as well as two attached personnel, one of them from the RAF, conducted a special homecoming parade when 350 troops, proudly led by the Welsh Guards Band, marched through the town to the Civic Centre, paying their respects to the War Memorial en route.
Greeting them at the Civic Centre, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Jagdish Sharma, led the Battalion in a Minute’s Silence when the names of the fallen were solemnly read out by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bossi, and the Last Post played by a lone bugler. more .....
Following the poignant ceremony, the Battalion were hosted to a reception by the Council, and warmly welcomed back to their adopted ‘home from home’ by Cllr Sharma.
Thanking the Council for their generous hospitality, Lieutenant Colonel Bossi said: “It’s incredibly significant to us that the Council host us in this way and the reception we have received has been magnificent. We had a tough tour but it was very rewarding. Part of that reward was in seeing the increased security in Afghanistan and also in coming home to such a warm welcome by the Council and the people of Hounslow. It underlines their commitment to us – as does the recent signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant by the Council. I look forward to us moving forward together and strengthening our relationship still further.”
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