Royal Air Force Air Cadet Drummers led the parade of standards and veterans as Nuneaton and Bedworth honoured the memory of old Royal Marine Commando, Jesse Owen in a ceremony full of gratitude and pride.
Veterans and cadets gathered in Nuneatonís Riversley Park for the dedication of a memorial to Jesse Owen and all his fellow members of the Commando forces, who have served their country throughout the years.
Moving tributes were paid to Jesse, an extraordinary ex-Royal Marine Commando, known locally as the “Voice of Remembrance“ by the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth whom he served so well.
The new memorial to Jesse and his fellow Commandos, unveiled by Timothy Cox, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, is located just a few yards from the town's towering war memorial around which Jesse officiated as parade marshal on so many Remembrance Sundays and other occasions.
Jesse will be remembered as Nuneaton's 'Voice of Remembrance' and for his many years as parade marshal at so many events within the town, he was also instrumental in establishing the annual Battle of Britain parade organised by 121 Squadron and was always an ardent supporter of the local Cadet Forces. He will no doubt remain in the memories of local people for his efforts in both fundraising for ex-forces charities and for his role as parade marshal at so many local events. "We owe him so much. Thank you, Jesse, a friend to us all.”
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “Jesse, a former Royal Marine Commando and long standing parade marshal at so many ex-service events in Nuneaton and Bedworth often worked closely with members of the Cadet Forces. He was always at the forefront of supporting the involvement of the younger generation having a full and active part in the town’s ex-service events. I have known Jesse for many years and he played a key role in helping the Nuneaton Air Cadets to organise the Battle of Britain Day service that has now become one of the town’s annual events. Those of us that had the honour of knowing Jesse Owen will always remember him as one of our most respected ex-servicemen and a friend and I am sure that he will be with us in our thoughts whenever we attend future parades.
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