Cadets and staff from 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron, South and East Midlands Wing ATC paid their respects at the ‘Menin Gate’ ceremony within Ieper, Belgium while travelling across the channel to be part of the military march known as Ijzer.
The ceremony is performed every night by volunteers who served in the armed forces. Cadets and staff were asked to participate in the ceremony, lay a wreath, pay their respects and be guards of honour within the gate.
2425 Cadets & Staff on parade at the ‘Menin Gate’ ceremony
The Ijzer march is held annually by the Belgium Defence to remember all nationalities who lost their lives in the war. They organise a 32Km (80 miles) march for both military and civilians around Belgium, this consisting of four days of which are both physical and challenging. Only two Wings within the UK send both cadets and staff over the channel to undergo this challenge who are proud and dedicated to represent their country. Once they have completed the march they receive a Belgium military medal and certificate commemorating the event.
By Sergeant Adam Street (ATC)
2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron