Sunday 10th November 2013 saw more than 80 air cadets and members of staff from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps descended on Swadlincote Town Centre alongside members of the local Royal British Legion and War veterans, to pay their respects to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts around the world and take part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade, which is viewed as one of the most important Parades within the Squadrons Annual Calendar.
Flight Sergeant (ATC) Chris Gothridge, Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson, Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore and Flight Lieutenant Ruth Morgan.
Remembrance Sunday is a memorial day that is closest to the 11th November, the date at which the first world war officially ended, which is also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day and aims to remember those members of the armed forces, within Commonwealth Countries, who have died in the line of duty.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Bradley Tallet (18) leads the Squadron Band through the parade.
Remembrance Sunday in Swadlincote assembled at Eureka Park memorial gates, near the Squadron Headquarters, just before 10am, where there was a short service that involved several members of different organisations laying wreaths on the gate, followed by a march to Hill Street Baptist Church in Swadlincote Town Centre for a formal service.
Cadet Holly Ensor (15), Cadet Sergeant Dominic Evans (16) and Cadet Hannah Gotheridge (16) lay poppy wreath on memorial gate in Swadlincote.
Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore, Squadron Operations Officer says: “It was an honour for our Air Cadets to stand alongside the Royal British Legion, veterans and civic leaders to remember all those who have lost their lives in the name of peace. And I am immensely proud of all members of 1211 Squadron who took part in the parade, for their smart turnout and the professional manner in which they conducted themselves, particularly our wreath laying part, banner party and our Band, who led the parade”.
CI C Tildesley