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The band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps had the honour of leading the parade of former soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Association as they met to commemorate the 63 rd 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 Rev Alan Potts, Padre to the Royal Signals Regiment based at Bramcote, conducted a short service at the Royal Warwickshire memorial. During the service he read out the names and ages of many of the regiment's young men who lost their lives during the first moments of the D-Day landings. Rev Potts said, “It's the names of these young men and the sacrifice they made which makes a service like this so personal and brings home the true meaning of such an event”.

As old soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, members of other ex-service associations together with cadet contingents from all three services and members of the public stood in silent remembrance in the evening sun, the bugler sounded the Last Post as the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the two-minute silence.

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Bill Sheppard, representatives of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment association and other ex-service associations.

Former Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor Don Jacques, chairman of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Association said, “We lost a lot of men when the regiment landed on Sword Beach on the 6 th June 1944 and we remember them all today. We are so glad that so many standard bearers, ex-servicemen and cadets have turned out for what is a very important occasion. 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
Standard bearers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Association, other ex-service associations and cadet forces on parade to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice - 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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