LETTER: Service was very emotional

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On Friday 13th March my youngest daughter and myself attended the Service of Commemoration to mark the end of Combat Operations in Afghanistan.

It was a service of Reflection and Remembrance and it took place at St Paul’s Cathedral. The service was attended by bereaved family members, Afghanistan veterans, The Royal Family, The Archbishop of Canterbury, other Church Leaders and Political figure heads from around the world.

The service was extremely emotional and a fitting way to remember all those who fell and were injured during our time in Afghanistan.

After the service we were treated to a wonderful reception at London’s Guildhall which was hosted by The City of London Corporation and in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Harry was also there along with our Prime Minister and the Mayor. Prince Charles along with other members of the Royal Family and government mingled with everybody and Prince Charles introduced himself to myself and my daughter and he chatted with us about our beloved Michael. He was completely charming and we felt normal in his company.

I know he will not see this but I would like to thank him for being so very kind.

One last thing to mention is that a huge thank you should go out to the people of London who turned out in their thousands to line the route that our returning veterans and service personnel took during their March past and when all the families were invited to join on to the end of the March, the public stood there cheering and clapping us as we walked the route of the March to the Guildhall.

It was so very moving the way love and respect was shown to us all for what we have lost and most importantly the way the public were honouring and remembering our fallen loved ones and this is something I know myself and my daughter will never ever forget.

Helen Perry

Proud Mother of Michael David Pritchard (Royal Military Police, KIA 20th December 2009