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An Air Cadet stands vigil at the Nuneaton War memorial during the wreath laying ceremonyFor the third year running the band of 121(Nuneaton) Squadron headed the march past at the Remembrance Day parade in Nuneaton.

On Sunday 9th of November 121 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 to remember those who have died in conflict. 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 Tuesday 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 ex-service pals.

During the march past the band of 121 Squadron had the honour of leading the cadet contingent of the parade through the streets of Bedworth.

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The 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 service.

121 Squadron ATC is affiliated to the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the Royal British Legion.

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