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Frédéric Nérac, Terry Lloyd, Gaby Rado & Hussein Osman
On Tuesday 26th March, at 6:30pm, a service of thanksgiving celebrating the lives of Terry Lloyd, Frédéric Nérac, Hussein Osman & Gaby Rado was held by ITN at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
War is a chancy business. It can and does engulf nations, communities and individual lives. When coalition forces entered Iraq in March 2003 the World's Media travelled with them to report from the frontline, or as near as they could get to it. They took risks to tell us the story, and some did not return. Tonight we remember three colleagues who died in the early days of the Iraq War - Terry Lloyd, Hussein Osman, Gaby Rado and Fréd Nérac, still missing after the incident that killed Terry and Hussein.
Those who died were caught up in the midst of an exchange of fire, caught by the terrible changes and chances of the battlefield. Ten years on, we gather to remember them with love and pride, to give thanks for their courage and dedication, and to wonder at what might have been.
We are here not to moralise, not to be political, but to acknowledge four dear friends who we miss so much, and to strengthen and support one another in our sadness.
May their lives and examples continue to inspire and energise us all.
Alexandre and Camille Nérac
Fabienne Nérac read a selection of quotes from Blaise Pascal, George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare
Chelsey Lloyd read Memories of the Heart
Feel no guilt in laughter,
He knows how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile
That he's not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever,
He would not want you to.
He'd hope that you would carry on
The way you always do.
So talk about the good times
And the ways you showed you cared.
The days you spent together,
All the happiness you shared.
Let the memories surround you,
A word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture
A time, an hour, a day.
That brings him back as clearly
As though he were still here,
And fills you with the feelings
That he is always near.
For if you keep those memories
You will never be apart
And he will live forever
Locked safe within your heart.
Lindsey Hilsum read Sonnet 98 by William Shakespeare
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
Debroah Turness read Memorial by James Fenton
We spoke, we chose to speak of war and strife -
a task a fine ambition sought -
and some might say, who shared our work, our life:
that praise was dearly bought.
Drivers, interpreters, these were our friends.
These we loved. These we were trusted by.
The shocked hand wipes the blood across the lens.
The lens looks to the sky.
Most died by mischance. Some seemed honour-bound
to take the lonely, peerless track
conceiving danger as a testing ground
to which they must go back
till the tongue fell silent and they crossed
Death waved them through the checkpoint. They were lost. All have their story here.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Lacrymosa from Requiem - Mozart
Easter Hymn - Mascagni
Cantique de Jean Racine - Fauré
Salvator Mundi - Tallis
I know him so well - Rice, Andersson, Ulvaeus arr Morley
And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time
Be Thou My Vision
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind