Cadets and staff of 967 Squadron gathered together along with other members of the local community in order to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
A bright sunny day was in store for everyone, for a change, as the community united to honour and remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country since the First World War and in every conflict since.
Warton Air Cadets traditionally take part in two parades for Remembrance and 2012 was no different. The day started in our home village of Warton with a short march from St Paul’s School along Lytham Road to St Paul’s Church. The march was led off by Flt Sgt Jamie Wright who acted as the parade Warrant Officer. The path to the church was lined by the Cadets along which members of the community walked. A Remembrance service was held in St Paul’s Church where the key theme of the service was around how diversity can bring unity. After a quick stop in the village hall it was off to the Squadron HQ to warm up and give our uniforms a quick once over before travelling to Kirkham for a second parade.
The weather held as we assembled on Orders Lane in Kirkham and set off on our march up the hill towards Market Square past St Michael’s Church and the war graves where the Cadets paid their compliments with an ‘eyes right’ and then on to the War Memorial. Four Cadets from the Squadron stood on the corners of the War Memorial for the whole length of the service and I commend Cadets McManus, Dale, Howarth and Flt Sgt Haynes for the solemn way their presented themselves. After a short outdoor service everyone assembled for a final march around Kirkham and then on to the Community Centre for a well earned cuppa!
On both occasions Squadron banner flew alongside that of the Royal British Legion and those of other community groups. It is always such a privilege to lead the Cadets of 967 on such an occasion and the Cadets did the Squadron proud as well as all those whom we came to remember. It is vital that the Air Cadet organisation continues to support this extremely important day. Our world is still dogged by the ravages of conflict that results in the loss of life for our Armed Forces. It is therefore imperative that the Squadron continues to support Remembrance Sunday and remember those that have fallen and also to support the wider work of the Royal British Legion.
My sincere thanks to everyone from the Squadron who took part.