On Remembrance Day, known as Armistice Day, two members of staff share their stories about what it means to them.
First up is Sarah Vice, an Accountant at Hugh James. Sarah joined the local Scout and Guide Marching Band, at age 7, playing a bugle and subsequently the trumpet. At the age of 18, she wanted to join the Royal Marines Band but back then they didn’t allow female recruits as she would have tried to join the military as a musician.
Sarah has always admired the military and has played Last Post on Remembrance Sunday since the age of 11 (so 40 years!). She also worked at RAF St Athan (as a Civilian) and was a member of the RAF St Athan voluntary band which involved playing at many different military functions.
Sarah works closely with the local branch of the Royal British Legion and is often asked to play Last Post on different occasions, eg veterans funerals, services of remembrance, D-day, etc.
What does Remembrance Day mean to you?
“I always feel very honoured and very privileged to be able to play Last Post – it means so much to so many, always stirs emotions and helps everyone to remember the sacrifice that so many gave. It is the most important gig I play each year.”