Cadets and staff from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield recently to pay their respects to many people remembered there.
The National Memorial Arboretum in the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance, a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living last memorial. It commemorates and celebrates those who have given their lives in the service of their country, all who have served and suffered as a result of conflict, and other who, for specific or appropriate reasons are commemorated here.
Cadets and staff from 104 (City of Cambridge), 2524 (Oakington), 73 (Huntingdon), 1094 (City of Ely), 115 (Peterborough), 1406 (Spalding), 2461 (Sawston) and 2331 (St Ives) Squadron took part in short service and wreath laying ceremony. During the ceremony, which was led by Padre Roger Cresswell, there was 2 readings and paragraph read out about Rifleman Andrew Fentiman an ex- cadet from 2524 (Oakington) who died in Afghanistan in 2009. Following the ceremony the cadets were given time to wonder around the memorial gardens and have a moment to reflect.
Cadet Hugo Barker who read a small reading in the service said “It was an honour to represent both the Squadron, the Wing and the Air Cadet Organisation in this very special parade alongside my fellow cadets.”
Civilian Instructor Jess Bradshaw added “It was a honour to come to the National Memorial Arboretum. It is a place of true remembrance and beauty. Seeing the cadets and staff appreciate and remember was very emotional for all ”
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