Royal Air Force Air Cadet Drummers from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron led the Royal British Legion Warwickshire County parade to St Mary’s Church in Atherstone for the Legion’s annual Service of Thanksgiving.
The Service of Thanksgiving conducted by Reverend Don Jones began as the Royal Air Force Air Cadet Percussionists from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron constructed the traditional military Drumhead Alter. Royal British Legion and Air Cadet Standard Bearers then paraded their Standards into the church. Reverend Don Jones then received the Standards placing the Union and the Royal British Legion Standard onto the Drumhead Alter.
Following the service the colourful parade of veterans and Standards Bearers reformed for the march past led by the Air Cadet Drummers. The parade escorted by outriders from the motorcycling branch of the Royal British Legion marched through the streets of Atherstone with Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants of Warwickshire, Tim Cox and the West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy taking the salute.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The Cadets did an absolutely brilliant job today, we had so many compliments from members of the RBL who were delighted with the standard of the drumming and the way in which the cadets had conducted themselves. Once again all the cadets who took part should be justly proud their performance today.
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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
121 Squadron ATC is affiliated to the Nuneaton &
Stockingford branch of the Royal British Legion.