Sunday 8 November provided the backdrop for Cadets and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers across London Wing to take part in National, Regional and Local Acts of Remembrance.
Cadets and Staff from North Sector took part in the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. The parade, attended by London Wing every year, attracts over 3000 Armed Forces personnel made up from current serving members and veterans. The parade is always the highlight of a cadet’s career in London Wing and really hammers home the ultimate sacrifice made by service men and women across conflicts. Flight Lieutenant Richard Cottam RAFVRT was selected as the Officer in Charge of the marching detachment and commented that “the Cadets on parade have done the ACO proud. Having the privilege to take part in this parade and march past HRH The Duke of Cambridge is something that will stay with these young people for a long time”.
Cadet Sergeant Obaid Rehman from 12F (Walthamstow & Leyton) Squadron was lucky enough to parade the Corps Banner at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. This accolade is given to the best banner bearer in London and South East Region and the Wing is proud to have held this for a number of years. Officer Commanding 12F Squadron, Flight Lieutenant David Finnegan (who coincidentally also carried the Corps Banner at this event a number of years prior) spoke of Sergeant Rehman’s achievements stating that he was “delighted a cadet from 12F Squadron was able to take part in this event. Parading the Corps Banner in front of HM The Queen and the Royal Family is a huge honour and one I know Sergeant Rehman will hold as a highlight of his Air Cadet Career”.
Wing Commander Colin Gale, Officer Commanding London Wing spoke of how proud he was that “London Wing represented the light blue footprint so well. All of our Cadets and Adult Volunteers are always so smart they continue to represent and demonstrate the professionalism of the Air Cadet Organisation”.
Images from individual Squadron Parades have been shared on the London Wing Facebook Page. Search @LondonAirCadets on Facebook and Twitter.