This year the squadron took part in two remembrance services.
On Sunday 10th of November the Squadron joined the ranks of veterans
from the Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisations
on parade at the Nuneaton War Memorial in Riversley Park.
A large crowd stood in silent remembrance as the standards were
dipped in salute as the bugler sounded the Last Post. An armed cadet
honour guard formed by cadets from all three services and commanded
by CPO Paul Kitchen, stood vigil at the War memorial during the
wreath laying ceremony, which was led by the Mayor of Nuneaton and
Bedworth and other civic leaders, service representatives and members
of ex-service organisations.
Following the service the parade led by the band of 121 Squadron
formed up for the march past, along Coton Road and past the saluting
base at the Council House. The armed cadet honour guard, bayonets
attached, formed an escort to the standards of the Royal British
Legion and other ex-service organisations.
On Monday 11th of November the Squadron attended the Armistice
Day service and parade in Bedworth. This parade is unique because
the local branch of the Royal British Legion has stuck rigidly to
the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month to honour the
war dead every year, since the end of the First World War. Many
hundreds of veterans from all over the country return to Bedworth
every year to remember their comrades and meet up with many old
During the march past the band of 121 Squadron had the honour of
leading the cadet contingent of the parade through the streets of
In the past, most people have associated Remembrance Day as a time
to remember those who had given their lives during the two World
Wars. In particular In recent years the large contingents of World
War II veterans attending both the Nuneaton and Bedworth services,
have been swelled by servicemen and women who served in other conflicts.
Since the end of the Second Word War the British forces have been
in action in many conflicts such as Malaya, Korea, Northern Ireland,
the Falklands, the Gulf War, Bosnia, and more recently, Afghanistan.
At a time when thousands of our forces are preparing for possible
conflict in Iraq, Remembrance day has an even deeper meaning for
the Squadron as we pray for the safety of many of our former cadets
who are currently serving in the armed forces.
Armed cadet honour guard stood vigil at
the War memorial.
Squadron on parade in Nuneaton.
Armed cadet honour guard, bayonets attached, formed an escort
to the standards of the Royal British Legion and other ex-service
Squadron remember those who have died in conflict. Armistice Day
service and parade in Bedworth.
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.