Large crowds gathered around the War Memorial in Beeston, Nottingham on a wet and windy morning to mark the 90th Anniversary of the end of WW1 and to honour those men and women who gave their lives during that war, WWII and subsequent conflicts.
1359 (Beeston) Squadron turned out in force to support the event. Along with 38 cadets of all ranks 6 members of the squadron staff were also in attendance. The parade marshall was Sqn Ldr Carl Wilson.
As well as parading their squadron standard the unit were honoured to provide bearers for the Union Jack and the Royal Air Force Association standards.
Local dignitaries, along with OC 1359 Sqn, Flt Lt Bannister and representatives of other local organisations, placed wreaths at the memorial. Also attending was Mrs Susan Brailsford, laying a wreath in memory of her son. Sgt Craig Brailsford, from Chilwell, was killed last year whilst on operations in Afghanistan, he was serving with the Mercian Regiment, formerly the Sherwood Foresters. She proudly wore his Military Cross that was awarded posthumously to him this year for the gallantry he displayed in the action that was to lead to the loss of his life.
The overcast conditions lifted momentarily and the sun shone briefly as everyone fell silent to pay their respects, a fitting tribute to those have given, and those who continue to give, their services to the armed forces of this country.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron