On 15 September (Battle of Britain Day) cadets and staff of 121
(Nuneaton) Squadron Air training Corps attended a commemorative
service in memory of those members of the Royal Air Force and the
Air Forces of the Commonwealth and allies who gave their lives during
the Battle of Britain.
The service took place at the Hall of Memory in New Century Way
The Squadron band, which has become a familiar sight at civic events
within the Nuneaton and Warwickshire area, was invited by the Birmingham
branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, to lead the parade.
The marching contingent of the parade comprised of the standards
of the representative Royal Air Forces Associations a detachment
from RAF Cosford, veterans and other Air Cadet units.
Two members of 121 squadron had special roles to play in the service.
Cadet Mills was given the honour of carrying the Polish Air Force
Association standard and Steve Anderson a civilian instructor with
the squadron was given the task of playing the Last Post and Reveille.
Cadets from other squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham
wing were also represented at the service. Eight cadets from 2030
Squadron acted as wreath carriers and The Lord Lieutenant's cadet,
Cadet Warrant Officer David Halton, of 8F (City of Coventry) Squadron
had the honour of laying a wreath on the Lord Lieutenant's behalf.
Following the act of remembrance service and the laying of wreaths
the parade which was lead by the 121 Squadron band formed up for
the March Past. The salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of the
West Midlands, the Officer Commanding RAF Cosford, the Lord Mayor
of Birmingham and officers of the R.A.F.A and other ex-service associations.
After the parade the cadets had the opportunity to meet some of
the veterans who had served during the Battle of Britain. We've
all seen the films and documentaries of the time but its only when
you actually meet some of those involved and listen to their accounts
that you start to understand what it must have been like.