Service Veterans from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and other ex-service organisations from across the county gathered in tribute to remember the D-Day landings which took place 70 years ago on Jun 6th 1944.
The Drums of the Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps, led a colourful parade of Standards, ex service and cadet contingents as they marched through Nuneaton's Riversly Park to the town's War Memorial for an open air service to remember the men who took part in the biggest seaborne invasion in history.
As old soldiers, together with cadet contingents and members of the public stood in silent remembrance, the bugler sounded the Last Post and the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the silence. Wreaths were laid in remembrance of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We are always glad to be given the opportunity to take part in ex service community events like this. This year being the 70th Anniversary of the landings, many of our cadets had the opportunity of being able to see the Map Room at Southwick Park where the D-Day landings were planned. So many young people today have no idea what it must have been like for those men, not much older than themselves who went through so much on those beaches and we will do our best to ensure that their actions are not forgotten.”
“He added, this parade also had an added significance for 121 Squadron, being the first time that we have paraded our New Banner in public and I must say that it was a really proud moment to see it take its place alongside the other standards that were on parade”
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