1461 squadron was one of the largest contingents at the Remembrance Sunday parade which took place on the 10th November 2013. Thirty five cadets proudly represented 1461 squadron at the annual parade in Croft marching alongside other cadet forces, with cadet SGT Huckle carrying the squadron banner. The parade allows cadets to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy. The two minutes of silence gave the attendees the opportunity to reflect upon all the sacrifices made by our brave Servicemen and women as well as acting as a tribute to those who lost their lives fighting.
The parade started in the Croft industrial estate, it is here where the cadets sized and formed the parade. From this moment, cadets were not only representing 1461 but also the Air Training Corps which was a great privilege and one which I will never take for granted. Once formed up, we were escorted by the Croft Silver Band to the war memorial in the village centre at around 10:25. The band made the march more pleasant as it drew a lot of attention from the locals who commented on how brilliant the parade was. Once we reached the war memorial the appropriate readings were conducted, followed by the laying of wreaths. Representing 1461 squadron was SGT Hardy who laid a wreath; she said “it was such an honour to lay our squadron wreath, it gave me the chance to show my bit of respect for all of the fallen men and women” . Finally, there was the 2 minute silence which was ended by the sounding of the last post.
The day then finished with refreshments that were given out free by the local pub. This was a very generous provision which the pub offered on a yearly basis to us cadets. Also it gave the cadets a chance to talk to the other cadet forces as well as a reunion for many previous cadets of 1461 who turned up to pay their respects, including old cadet SGT Hodson who is now in the army as an Air trooper.
Flt Lt T Hargraves
OC 1461 Sqn