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The band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron had the honour of leading the parade of former soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Association as they met to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day landings on the 6 th June.

The Air Cadet Band led the parade through Nuneaton’s Riversley Park to the Royal Warwickshire memorial where a service was held to honour the 700 men from Coventry and Warwickshire area that lost their lives in the bloody campaign following the Normandy invasion of 1944.

The Warwickshire Regiment Band provided the music for the hymns throughout the service during which wreaths were laid. Nuneaton and Bedworth's mayor, Councillor Julie Jackson laid a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough. A large crowd stood in silent remembrance as the standards were dipped in salute as the bugler sounded the Last Post at the beginning of the two-minute silence.

Association secretary Murray Richards, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: "This is something we do every year. We should never forget."

Former Nuneaton and Bedworth mayor Don Jacques, who served briefly with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, said "In 1940, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment lost a lot of men fighting a rear-guard action at Dunkirk, and there was an atrocity involving our boys shortly afterwards. Four years later, on D-Day, the regiment went back into France and suffered more losses. "It is right and proper that we should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice."

Air Cadet Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps leads the parade through Riversley Park to the Royal Warwickshire memorial – Click to enlarge
Veterans march in Honour Fallen Comrades to mark the 62nd anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion – Click to enlarge.

The Royal British Legion was created to preserve the spirit of fellowship and service to others formed by all ranks and to maintain, in a strong, stimulating, united comradeship, all those who have served in H.M. Forces, or Auxiliary Forces or who are still serving so that neither their efforts nor their interests shall be forgotten; and that their welfare and that of the dependants of those who died in the service of their country may be safeguarded; and that just and equitable treatment shall be secured to them in respect of the difficulties caused in their lives as a result of their service.

121 Squadron ATC is affiliated to the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the Royal British Legion.

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