On Sunday 14 November 2010 at Oadby Town Centre, 13 Air Cadets and 6 members of Staff from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron joined approximately 100 other uniformed personnel, In a parade to remember the casualties from Britain’s military conflicts over the years.
The parade started from 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. During the service the words silence and service were mentioned a number of times, these are things which, in today’s society, we tend not to have too much of and the service certainly provided both of these things.
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 Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP. The parade was then disbanded and all were invited back to the Oadby Branch of the Royal British Legion for tea and biscuits.
Cadet Vivek Sangani said about the parade that “ I was sad to hear all the names of the dead from the World Wars read out, It sort of brought them back to life. I realised, they were not just names but were real people that had loved ones at home who would be missing them”. He went on to say that, “The service really made me think about not only what happened during the World Wars but also what is happening to our troops out in Afghanistan today.”
Pilot Officer D Shuttleworth
1F (City of Leicester Squadron)