A former Leicestershire soldier is one of 50 veterans, carers, and staff from Help for Heroes who will commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in the military at the Cenotaph march-past on Remembrance Sunday in London.
Dean Williams, 53, served for 27 years, of which 10 years was with the Royal Green Jackets and 17 with the Army Physical Training Corps. He was deployed to Northern Ireland and Afghanistan and trained as a rehabilitation instructor for wounded military personnel who’d been injured in service.
“Remembrance is a time to reflect on the sacrifices our ancestors made to secure our current freedoms whilst ensuring the current needs of our veterans are also not forgotten.
“This will be my first time at the Cenotaph parade in London so I feel very honoured to be part of it,” said Dean who has been an Area Fundraising Manager at Help for Heroes for more than nine years.
Dean, from Hinckley, will be part of Help for Heroes largest delegation, including 31 veterans supported by the Charity, to attend the annual parade on Sunday (November 12), which sees 10,000 veterans marching shoulder to shoulder in an act of remembrance along Whitehall.
“My dad served in the Royal Signals for 22 years and was my inspiration to join the Army, to make a good life for myself and my family, whilst helping others who may need our protection,” he said.
“I’m pleased to represent Help for Heroes and to show that we are here for our brothers and sisters, now and for as long as they need us.”
Dean will be part of Help for Heroes largest delegation, including 31 veterans supported by the Charity, to attend the annual parade which sees 10,000 veterans marching shoulder to shoulder in an act of remembrance along Whitehall.
A Help for Heroes spokesperson added: “As we join the nation to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, Help for Heroes also remembers those still fighting their own battles today.
“We remain at the side of veterans and their families who are struggling with painful injuries, mental trauma, isolation, and more – providing life-changing support for as long as it takes.”