WW2 veterans’ support for the EU

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Like Susan Richardson, (Sar Letters, May 27), I was born during World War 2, but from my teenage years I always felt we needed to build the peace and forge close friendships between the formerly warring nations of Europe.

I had the privilege in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe of meeting up in Brussels with former commandos from Lincolnshire who had participated in the liberation of the city.

Together we laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels.

These men had experienced the horrors of that war, and told me that they strongly supported our membership of the European Union as the best way to avoid future dreadful conflicts.

They had seen their comrades make the ultimate sacrifice, and did not want their children and grandchildren to suffer similarly.

They felt that maintaining peace in Europe through the European Union is the best way to honour their memory.

I am very sad that we as a country narrowly voted to leave one of the world’s most admired structures to maintain peace and security across a continent, and hope that at the end of the Brexit negotiations we shall still be very much a part of the community of European nations, though perhaps on a different basis.

When we know the terms of the eventual agreement, if one is reached, we should be allowed to have a say as to whether it is really what people thought they were voting for.

Veronica Hardstaff

Northfield Court, S10