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I am both humbled and delighted to be asked to be a Patron for the Ancre Somme Association Scotland. We can never fully repay the debt we owe those who have served and sacrificed for our country but we should all be ready to do all we can to acknowledge them through engagement, education, and remembrance.
The Association has made huge steps forward in a relatively short time and has captured the concept of remembering the Great War, WW2 and subsequent Wars and Conflicts through positive, open and transparent education and engagement across a broad cross section of the community. Encompassing all ages and backgrounds, acknowledging and supporting differing understanding and awareness of these momentous events, the Association is managing to ensure that a strong and unbreakable link to our shared history will remain and grow with those we most owe that education; our youth.
Patron's Lt Col Ant Maher, Lt Col Gary Tait MBE, Lt Col Jules McElhiiney
There are a number of organisations who by nature support service personnel and their legacy; Ancre Somme Association Scotland also delivers this by remembrance, but crucially it is developing a credible and tangible liaison with education providers to deepen that understanding. I applaud and wholeheartedly support their positive efforts in this challenging but hugely rewarding area.
By affiliating and sharing, the Association has and will continue to reach out and engage with our communities ensuring that the core elements of its constitution are met and delivered in full. To do this a programme of awareness and fundraising has been entered into and I commend everyone to supporting them wherever they are able to do so.
I personally further commend the Association for all the hard work that they do to preserve the collective memory of those who have served by engaging with so many and I wish them every success indeed as they continue their outstanding work. I commit my support to them in all that they do.
Lt Col Gary Tait MBE
In loving memory of our Patron who passed away 17th June 2019.