Cadets and staff from 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Cadets joined members of the Armed forces and Veterans to mark Armed Forces Day 2014 in Leicester.
Hamilton Air Cadets joined other cadets from Leicestershire to represent the youth and potential future of the armed forces.
A service of commemoration and thanksgiving took place in Leicester Cathedral to honour Britain’s armed forces, past, present and future. VIP’s at the service included The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton, The High Sheriff of Rutland, Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble and The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr John Thomas. The service was taken by The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester.
Following the service the cadets joined serving members of the armed forces and the veterans parading down High street towards the Clocktower. Leicestershire cadets took the rare opportunity to parade the South and East Midlands Wing banner at the parade. As the parade marched, there was a wave of clapping from the crowds lining the street. The salute was taken by The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton and the parade fell out in Gallowtree Gate.
Following the parade Flt Andy Faulkner too time to talk to members of the general public who remarked on how smart the parade looked and wonderful it was to see the parade through Leicester. He talked to a veteran of World War II Jack Beales, 90 year old Jack flew spitfires for No1 squadron during the Second World War.
A reception was held at the Cathedral at which the cadets got an opportunity to talk to veterans and serving personnel.
Flt Lt Andy Faulkner and WO(ATC) Rob Gardner spent many hours for the Wing in planning this Parade for all the ATC Squadrons