Nuneaton Based Air Cadets joined hundreds of local people as they attended a service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The traditional Drumhead Service of Remembrance at the United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Nuneaton on Monday 4th August, was attended by many local people, veterans, a large contingent of regular service personnel from 30 Signals Regiment and members of the Cadets Forces.
The Commemorative Centenary service conducted by Reverend Helga Cornell began as Royal Air Force Air Cadet Percussionists from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron constructed the traditional military Drumhead Alter. Ex-service and Cadet Forces Standard Bearers then paraded their Standards into the church forming up in front of the Alter. The whole church then fell completely silent as the standards were dipped in salute for a minutes silence in between the Last Post and Reveille.
Reverend Helga Cornell then received the Standards placing the Union and the Royal British Legion Standards onto the Drumhead Alter before laying Nuneaton’s newly unveiled World War One Roll of Honour at the foot of the Alter.
The Centenary service itself was a wonderfully moving ceremony of traditional Hymns, readings, wartime poetry, organ music and prayers together with a commitment to peace and reconciliation.
Following the service, Reverend Helga Cornell, thanked the Air Cadet drummers, standard bearers and the members of the congregation for making the First World War Centenary service such an outstanding success.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, "The Cadets have been very busy over the last two days, having attended four events to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War and tonight’s service was a fitting climax to our program of Commemoration. Once again the cadets have taken a leading role in this wonderful service to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and I would like to thank Reverend Helga Cornell for inviting us to take part. I would also take the opportunity to thank everyone in attendance for helping to make it such a success. It's so important that we don't forget the horrific events that occurred during the First World War and the younger generation especially those of the Cadet Forces are key to ensuring that future generations continue to Remember.”
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