On Sunday 13 November 2011 at Oadby Town Centre, 9 Air Cadets and 4 members of Staff from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron joined approximately 90 other uniformed personnel and veterans, In a parade to remember the casualties from Britain’s military conflicts over the years.
The parade formed up at the outskirts of Oadby and marched to St. Peters Church where a service was led by Canon Michael Rusk. The service started with the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” which blew out most of the cobwebs from the congregation. The theme of the service was “Service not self” and this was put across in very reserved and thought provoking way. The congregation could not but help but reflect upon the service that had been given to us as a nation and the debt that was still owed.
After the service the parade marched to Oadby Cenotaph where the wreaths were laid and two minutes silence were observed. The parade continued to Oadby town centre where the participants of the parade were addressed and thanked by Lieutenant Davidson Sea Cadet Corps . The parade was then disbanded and all were invited back to the Oadby Branch of the Royal British Legion for tea and biscuits.
Corporal Hayden Beszant said of the day that “it was a vey touching service and it made me proud to see the standard of drill, dress and behaviour that the cadets demonstrated during the parade and the service”
Photo 1: Cadets and Staff forming up prior to the parade
Flying Officer D Shuttleworth
1F (City of Leicester Squadron)