Despite the bad weather on bank holiday Monday May 7th 2012 members of 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron joined other Squadrons of South and East Midlands Wing at the annual Albert Ball VC DSO MC Memorial parade.
On May 7th 1917 Nottingham born Captain Albert Ball VC DSO MC was killed at the age of 20. Despite his young age he was considered the top fighter pilot in Britain, his invincible courage and utter determination made him a legend not only in Britain but also amongst his enemies.
The parade is held at Nottingham Castle where Captain Ball’s memorial is located, the cadets form up on the green outside the castle then march to the memorial which they circle, and there a speech was given paying tribute to him, followed by a prayer. The Mayor of Nottingham and other dignitaries then lay a wreath of poppies at the foot of the memorial.
After the memorial service the cadets perform a march past and reform on the green outside the castle for dismissal.
If any 13 to 17 year olds are interested in taking up the challenge of the Air cadets, please contact the squadron on a Tuesday or Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm or visit the 504 Sqn Website, www.504sqnatc.org.uk
Sgt (ATC) Mark Blacknell