In October 2018 Caldicot Male Voice Choir was honoured and privileged to be invited to sing ‘Mansions of the Lord’ at the inauguration and dedication of the new War Memorial in Rogiet Recreational field. The Choir was conducted by Shirley Anne James and accompanied by John Nicholson. The service of dedication was conducted by Rev. Glyndwr Hackett.
Every chorister, along with many others will be saddened and distraught to learn that the exquisite and poignant Memorial, designed by then Rogiet Primary School pupil Teya Andrews and created by artist Felicity Bell has been cruelly vandalised once more by mindless individuals on Sunday 18th October. The adjoining Multi Use Games Area, which benefits all in the village was also seriously vandalised.
Do the perpetrators of this shameful act not realise that the memorial was erected to remember those from Rogiet who gave the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars so that we can enjoy freedom from tyranny today?
Do they not realise that those who fell were the fathers, uncles, grand parents and great grand parents of many who still live in the village? The beautiful, simple Memorial is intended to keep alive the memory of loved ones who so tragically died in such tragic times.
There is a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat as I write this to think that there are individuals in our society who are capable of such a moronic, selfish act. You may not be caught, you may laugh, you may even be proud of this shameful deed and boast about what you’ve done but one day and I hope it will be soon, that you will be ashamed of what you did last Sunday.
You may have broken a few tiles in the mosaic which can be be replaced but you have also broken the hearts of many who made this Memorial possible and these will not so easily be mended. Shame is not a strong enough word.