After setting off from the Cadet Center in Duke’s Square the 50-strong Squadron marched through East Street to arrive at the War Memorial. They had the opportunity to remember those who fought in the Battle of Britain during World War Two and lay a wreath as a mark of respect. They then marched to St Mary’s Church for a short church service before marching back to the Cadet Center.
The Service was arranged by the local branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). Members of the Town Council and the RAFA were present in the Carfax and at the short church Service.
The Standards of the local branches of the Royal British Legion, and Royal Air Force Association were present, together with the Banner from the Air Training Corps. The Standards and Banners were dipped in remembrance of those who gave their lives during those few short months in 1940 that we now call the ‘Battle of Britain’.
Flying Officer Richard Foster, Officer Commanding of 1015 (Horsham) Air Cadets, said: “These events serve to remind our communities that the younger generation, especially the Air Training Corps, are proud to represent the Royal Air Force in remembering the sacrifices others have made and continue to make to keep our Country safe.
“The Battle of Britain was a turning point in the Second World War and ‘we will remember them’.”
Horsham Air Cadets is recruiting, if you are interested in joining and are aged 12-17, you can contact us on [email protected] for details of our next open evening. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.
Report and pictures contributed by 1015 (Horsham) Squadron ATC.