"The base at RAF Kirknewton closed
down in 1966 after 14 years of use by the USAF Security Service.
In March 1962, the Lord Provost held a
reception for the officers and airman at the City Chambers and a
bench was presented to the Citizens of Edinburgh in appreciation
of their warm hospitality.
The bench was located in the West
Princes Street Gardens and was a 'must visit' when former RAF
Kirknewton airman visited the city."
"A photograph taken in 2007
showed the bench sorely in need of refurbishing. I sent an e-mail
to the City of Edinburgh regarding the state of the bench. Our
association was going to see what we could do to get it repaired."
"On 28 July, 2009, I received a
response from the City Park Contracts Officer with two photos
showing that the bench had been refurbished.
It now has a
different plaque which I believe is better than the original.
It includes a quotation from Robert Burns."
Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:
July 28, 2009
The new plaque reads:
IN TOKEN OF GRATITUDE
TO THE LORD PROVOST
MAGISTRATES AND COUNCIL THE CITY OFFICIALS
AND PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH FOR THE ENDURING
FRIENDSHIP HOSPITALITY AND GOODWILL EXTENDED
TO THE OFFICERS AND AIRMEN OF THE 695 2ND.
SECURITY GROUP U.S.A. F.S.S. R.A.F. KIRKNEWTON
DURING THEIR FOURTEEN YEARS OF DUTY IN SCOTLAND
THO' I WERE DOOM'D TO WANDER
BEYOND THE SEA BEYOND THE
TILL MY LAST WEARY SAND WAS
TILL THEN - AND THEN
I'D LOVE THEE.