Air Cadets Remember With Symbol of Peace
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By Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson RAF VR(T) - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Young air cadets from Longbenton laid a special poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday that represents the moment peace echoed to end the First World War.
The youngsters joined North Tyneisde MP, Mary Glindon and Deputy Council Chairman, Dave McGarr on Remembrance Sunday to show what remembrance means to them.
The young air cadets designed and created their own poppy wreath which was laid at the Longbenton War Memorial by 15 year-old cadet, Alexander Sample, of Forest Hall.
“After learning about the conflict we had to design our own wreath. It has the flags of the different countries involved and it is captures the moment in history that the First World War ended; symbolising peace,” said Alexander.
Cadet Corporal Willis Thomson, 18, also of Forest Hall, explained, “We researched how other countries perform acts of remembrance and found lots of similarities and some differences between them. One key theme was peace.”
“We were shocked at how many countries were involved in the First World War and we took part in a mock negotiation based upon those that the politicians took part in in 1914.
“We got to explore different reasons why the war began and how so many people were affected,” said Willis.
Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said; “The exercises that the young people have participated in have allowed them identify some of the causes of and consequences of wars, summarise their findings and represent what the poppy means in their own way.
“I am tremendously proud of the way in which the young people have engaged and at how they have shouldered their responsibility to show their gratitude in such a moving and mature manner,” added Gary.
The Squadron will lay its second wreath, which symbolises ‘love,’ at the Jigsaw War Memorial in Killingworth on Armistice Day.
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. Please visit squadron at www.2344.org.uk.