MARCH AIR CADETS REMEMBER

Today, air cadets from March took part in two Remembrance parades – March and Chatteris. In total, 31 cadets were on parade, forming the squadron band, banner party and main contingent.

1220 cadets ready to start

1220 cadets ready to start

The cadets met early on Sunday morning to enjoy breakfast together and to finish last-minute details before forming up and marching down to Sainsbury’s in March to meet the rest of the parade.

March Air Cadets led the parade to St. Peter’s Church, with the squadron band providing a solid beat for the many members of the parade behind to follow. The procession was bathed in sunshine and the streets were filled with many onlookers, who lined the pavements to watch the numerous different organisations join together.

A church service was held in memory of those who laid down their lives in battle, during which Flight Sergeant Katie Dickson gave a reading, and a silence was held.

The parade then reformed and marched uptown, gathering at the town war memorial for the wreath-laying ceremony. Three March Air Cadets Corporal Joe Williams, Corporal Chanel Ogden and Cadet Kyle McLean laid wreaths, on behalf of the RAF Boy Entrants Association, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, and the squadron itself. An act of Remembrance was also held at Eastwood cemetery.

1220 cadets laying wreathes at the war memorial

1220 cadets laying wreathes at the war memorial

The squadron then marched back to the squadron building for lunch, before heading off to Chatteris for a second parade. The band also lead the way here, starting in Furrowfields car park and finishing at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, where Cadet Katie Mowatt laid a wreath on behalf of the squadron.

“I really enjoyed today’s parade,” Corporal Chanel Ogden said, “It was really inspiring to see a plan come together”