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2502 Walk for Remembrance

Article posted: May 14, 2014 by Sqn Ldr Utting

Cadets and staff of 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Cadets took part in the Annual Walk for Remembrance held at the National Memorial Arboretum. This is the second year they have run this event to help raise funds for the upkeep of the Arboretum. 2502 were one of only two squadrons representing the Air Cadet Organisation.

The walk consisted of two distances 5K and 10K through the 150 acre site. Flt Lt Faulkner, Corporal Petrie, Corporal Middleton and Cadet Middleton completing the 5K in good time. With Flight Sergeant Elliott, Sergeant Elliott and Cadet Adams all running around the 10K circuit to finish in the top 10.

After finishing the event the cadets also took advantage of the time to visit some of the 200 memorials on the site, taking in the RAFA memorial and the main Armed Forces Memorial.

As this year is the 100 anniversary of the start of World War 1, cadets paid special attention to the memorial called “Shot at Dawn” during WW1 306 men and boys were shot at dawn for a number of things but mainly desertion. The statue is a representation of Private Herbert Burden who was shot at Ypres in 1915 aged just 17 years of age, the same age as many Air cadets today.