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By Flight Lieutenant Driscoll RAFVR(T) - 345 (City of Lancaster) Squadron
The Squadron was out in force this year to support the annual Royal British Legion Poppy appeal and also for the traditional Remembrance Day parade.
The cadets were involved in selling poppies in the local supermarket each evening during the week before spending the full day on Saturday 9th November selling poppies in the town centre. There was no shortage of volunteers to provide support for this worthwhile appeal this year with most cadets taking part in at least one session during the week.
On Sunday 10th November the cadets assembled in Dalton Square to participate in the service in the Garden of Remembrance. As the main body of staff and cadets took their place in the parade, Cadet Yates assembled with the other wreath layers and Corporal Alston with the other Standard Bearers. All cadets looked exceptionally smart and had clearly put a lot of effort into preparing their uniform and their behaviour on the day was impeccable as expected. Following the service, the Squadron then moved to the Priory for the full Church service and then formed outside with the other contingents ready for the parade through the town centre.
For many cadets this was their first experience of a formal parade and their drill and marching was of a high standard despite their inexperience. Again they looked very smart and as usual received compliments from members of the public for their appearance, behaviour and quality of their marching.
After the parade had been dismissed, we all moved back to Squadron Headquarters where bacon sandwiches were served ahead of the second parade of the day. After lunch had been consumed we all moved to Westfield Village where the cadets attended the service before providing a Guard of Honour at the Cenotaph for the laying of wreaths and planting of crosses. The performance and conduct of all cadets was excellent with special praise deserved by those who read lessons during the service and for those participating in the Guard of Honour whose drill was exceptionally good.
The conduct of all concerned was excellent throughout the day. The cadets represented themselves, the Squadron and the ATC in a very positive way but more importantly showed respect for the importance of the day and those who had fallen in conflict serving their country.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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