A member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope 4772, and a serving police officer proudly donned his late grandfather’s war medals when he joined the national remembrance parade last Sunday.
PC Jason Spittle represented the West Midlands in honouring former military heroes at the National Service of Remembrance in London which was attended by the Queen.
The Birmingham-based officer wore his full West Midlands Police uniform and attached the medals which were awarded to his grandfather Stanley Brittle.
Stanley was with the Royal Tank Regiment which were stationed in France, Italy, North Africa and Germany during the Second World War and was part of the famous Operation Plunder across the Rhine.
The war veteran − who died at the age of 84 more than a decade ago − was a builder by trade but also spent time as a Special Constable with WMP.
Jason was joined by another West Midlands Police officer who also had a relative in the forces. Both were invited by the Royal British Legion and are believed to be the only serving WMP officers asked to be part of the parade.
Jason said: "It is a real honour to be part of such a symbolic event and pay our respects to those who were prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country.
"The National Service of Remembrance is attended by people from across the UK and it will be a proud moment to represent the West Midlands.
"My grandfather served during the Second World War and it will be emotional to wear his medals and remember what he, and everyone else, went through during the war years.
"He managed to make it back from the war but many of those they served alongside were not so fortunate.
“Remembrance Sunday gives us chance to reflect on the sacrifices currently being made by those in our armed forces now to keep us safe."
The Lodge of Faith & Hope is proud to have W Bro Jason as one of its dedicated members, last year taking office as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, now promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Deacon.
Also present at the Cenotaph was Bro Matthew Fitzgerald, a further member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope and a serving Police Officer. Both Jason & Matthew are shown in the photograph above – both are in uniform, Matthew on the left and Jason on the right.
Well done to you both.