Cadets from all three services and the Police played a leading role in Nuneaton's Remembrance Day Parade and Service at the towns War Memorial in Riversley Park.
The town’s Sea, Army Air and Police Cadets had a central part to play in a moving Remembrance Service and parade as the people of their home town turned out in record numbers to pay their respects to servicemen and women past and present who have fought and died for their country.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Nuneaton as the Air Cadet Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron led the parade of colourful standards, ex-servicemen in their blazers and berets and serving members of the armed forces as they marched proudly from the Town Hall to the Riversley Park War Memorial for the civic service of Remembrance.
Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Thomas Percival and Cpl Shaun Hadley, placed special Books of Remembrance at the foot the War Memorial. The first Book of Remembrance contained the Roll of Honour naming those from Nuneaton who lost their lives in the Great War. The second Book of Remembrance contains the names of all of Nuneaton's residents killed in action since the end of the First World War.
Poppy-wearing youngsters stood alongside war veterans with their medals as they gathered around the Riversley Park War Memorial for the civic service. An honour guard formed by Sea, Army, Royal Air Force and Police cadets, stood in silent vigil at the War memorial during the wreath laying ceremony.
The 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron wreath was laid by Cadet Sergeant Ronan Dykes.
Following the service the Air Cadet Band of 121 Squadron formed up for the march past. The parade was a stirring sight, with the cadet band leading and a forest of Royal British Legion, ex-service Association and Cadet Standards fluttering in the autumn wind as they marched in procession along Coton Road and past the saluting base at the Council House.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “I think it all went off very well. The weather could hardly have been better and there was, as usual, a very large public turnout”.
“Once again Nuneaton's cadets have taken a leading role in the towns Remembrance Day Parade and I would like to thank every one of them for helping to make the parade such a success. I would also like to say how much of an honour it was for Air Cadets, Thomas Percival and Cpl Shaun Hadley to be chosen to carry the Rolls of Honour.”
“It's so important that we don't forget the ultimate sacrifice made by so many fallen servicemen and women and the younger generation especially those of the Cadet Forces are key to ensuring that future generations continue to Remember.”
121 Squadron Tribute to the fallen
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