A military veteran will be among those celebrating Armed Forces Day with us this week.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday, 24th June and is an annual celebration of our nation’s military – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Airforce – and those who serve and have served.
At Goodwins Hall Care Home we have a close relationship with our armed forces – just last week we had the Army cadets in to spend time with our residents and parade around our grounds, showcasing their perfectly rehearsed routine.
We also welcomed Warrant Officer Mo Howard from RAF Marham to Goodwins Hall recently and he gave a talk on the history of the station for residents who had gathered in our cinema room.
This weekend we will be recognising the efforts of those who have served in our armed forces, including some of our own residents.
Michael Forster MBE gave 24 years of service to the RAF, serving in Wales, Germany, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.
“I am colour blind so I never flew, but I did an apprenticeship and worked my way up to Chief Technician,” said the proud veteran.
“The highlight of my time in the forces has to be getting a commendation.”
The 91-year-old speaks with great pride of his time in the armed forces and said: “It’s a good life, it taught me discipline and respect.”
He was just 15 when he signed up back in 1947 – and he is relieved that things have changes somewhat over the years.
“In those days you had to get a chit signed by your parents and field commander if you wanted to consort with females. You also had to have a smoking pass.”
Mr Forster eventually left because of the strain military life put on his family, with his wife having to pack up and move around with him at short notice.
Next month Mr Forster is due to visit RAF Marham for a special day out!
Registered Manager, Jayne Wardell-White said: “Being so close to RAF Marham, we have strong military connections and we felt it was important to mark Armed Forces Day.
“These events help bring back memories for those residents who have served in the forces and this week they have been swapping stories about their service.
“We are delighted that Mr Forster has enjoyed the activities and we are looking forward to sharing that moment with him when he has a tour of the RAF base.”