Remembrance Parades

On Sunday 11 November the Sqn took part in the annual Remembrance Parade at Loughton to honour those who served, served, and fell in the 2 World Wars and the subsequent conflicts. This event was more poignant this year, with not only at least three former cadets on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan, but with the recent death of ex cadet Tom Curry in action in Afghanistan in January.

Therefore, for the first time, a contingent from the Sqn paraded at Wanstead as well, as Tom Currys name was being added to the War Memorial there. The Sqn was split in half with around 50 cadet plus staff at each event (as well as supplying 3 NCOs for the main Whitehall, London Parade), both parades being at the same time.

In Loughton the Sqn paraded with the Royal British Legion, 2324 (Chigwell) Sqn and other youth groups and then marched down Loughton High Street, with the salute being taken by Air Commodore Murray OBE, RAF, Chief of Staff of 22 (Training) Group RAF. Later the Air Cmdr spoke to the cadets and was highly complimentary of their turnout and drill.

In Wanstead the Sqn paraded with the Police Cadets, Royal Marines and British Legion for the unveiling and the service of Remembrance.

It was a solemn and moving day.

The photo shows the parade in Loughton approaching the war memorial.