Monday 20th of June marked the start of Armed Forces Week; a monumental celebration in recognition for HM Armed Forces and everything they do for our nation. For Nottinghamshire, the week was kicked off with the annual Flag Raising Ceremony, in which the Armed Forces Day Flag was raised at the Nottinghamshire Country Hall in West Bridgford.
The flag was carried on the parade by one cadet from each Cadet Force, and was raised by the three, with assistance from the deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham. The Cadet Parade Marshall for the day was 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron’s own Cadet Warrant Officer Jade Cox (18), it was her responsibility to liaise with the parade directing staff, in order to create a plan of action for the day. CWO Cox then took command of the parade consisting of contingencies from each Cadet Force, and marched them on in front of a fleet of Dignitaries to their post front and centre to the designated pole.
Through the pouring rain, the cadets listened eagerly through the speech made by the event organiser, upon which time, CWO Cox called on the Armed Forced Day Flag Party, at which point the Armed Forces Day Flag was marched on to be raised.
Upon conclusion of the parade, the Cadets went into the Civic Hall to hear the remaining speeches, which were brought inside due to the inclement weather, and stuck around for a photo opportunity with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham.
By CWO Jade Cox
1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Sqn