As veterans and cadets gathered in Normandy to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, Nuneaton's Air Cadets joined service veterans from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and other ex-service organisations from across the county as they gathered in Nuneaton to remember the Sword Beach D-Day actions of the 'Royal Warwicks' which took place on Jun 6th 1944.
The band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps led the parade of Standards ex service and cadet contingents as they marched through Riversly Park to the town's War Memorial where wreaths were laid in remembrance of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.
The Band then led the way through the park to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Memorial for an open air service to remember the men of the 'Royal Warwicks' who took part in the biggest seaborne invasion in history.
The Rev Alan Potts, Padre to the Royal Signals Regiment based at Bramcote, conducted the service during which he gave an account of the actions of the Regiment during the D-Day landings on Sword Beach .
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 and the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the two-minute silence.
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 6th 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".
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Sqn, Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe said, On this, the 65 th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, it's important that we all remember the sacrifices made by so many young men who were not much older than today's cadets. So as time marches on and the number of D-Day veterans sadly declines it falls to the younger generation to keep the memory of their actions alive and our cadets will hopefully continue to do so.