The British Ambassador Sophie Honey said:
“Today we are here to commemorate the role of Slovene patriots who trained with British forces and were parachuted into Slovenia in World War Two to fight fascism, many of them paying with their lives. But as you’ll see I’m wearing a poppy and today is also a moment to mark Remembrance Day, often known as “Poppy Day” when Britain and other Commonwealth countries honour men and women who have died in the line of duty.
“This is a long held tradition and at this time of year, right across the UK people give thanks for the sacrifices of generations past by wearing a poppy and donating to the Royal British Legion. So today let’s remember people from both our countries and give thanks for the huge sacrifices they made for the sake of the peace and security we enjoy today.
“When we remember the past it is also important to think about the present and the future. I am glad that today Slovenia and Britain, allies in World War Two, are working together as NATO allies to defend peace, democracy, and human rights. Slovenian and British forces train and serve alongside one another in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans. Together we prepare for all eventualities, appreciating that security which we enjoy as NATO members, is the foundation of our social and economic development. Britain and Slovenia are also working together to address the most recent challenge of migrations. Indeed, only last week Slovenia’s patrol boat Triglav and HMS Richmond rescued 215 migrants off Libya and destroyed the 2 smuggling boats they were on.
“Looking ahead we need to continue this close cooperation working together as NATO allies to discuss the threats that Europe faces and how best to mitigate them and to make strong collective contributions to Europe’s peace and security.
“To Padalci, and to you veterans gathered here, in London and elsewhere, I extend my humble admiration for your contribution to the freedom you have enabled us to enjoy. I would also like to pay a special tribute to a great Englishman – John Earle whom sadly I will never meet in person and who brought to light the legacy of collective effort, as it manifested itself here in Primorska in World War II, by researching into and publishing the story of Padalci in his book The Price of Patriotism.”