This page is dedicated to posts, photos and videos related to the annual Remembrance Day Parades at the Cenotaph in London and at other venues both in the UK and Abroad . If you find yourself there in there either in an official capacity or simply as a visitor and wish to contribute to this page, please feel free to do so. We wouild particularly like to receive your photos or videos taken on the day. See below for further details as to how this can be done.
The 2017 parade was well attended with 8 members representing the Association. The 29th Entry provided the biggest contingent with 4 members. Bryan Hoare (307th) and Dave Johnson (313th) were also on the parade. (Roy Pipe (29th) although not able to march, nevertheless organised lunch at a local pub close by.
The Association was again represented at the Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph on 11th November. This year it was also marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.
I am sure you will all agree with me that this year’s events marking the 100 anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending the first world war, has been quite extraordinary. The moving BBC Festival of Remembrance on Saturday evening and the ceremony at the Cenotaph yesterday captured the hearts of the nation. This has been borne out by the numerous events organised across the country from large towns and cities, to the smallest of villages. I would very much like to post your own thoughts, videos or images depicting this special day. Also you can communicate with us via our Forums Page:
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A short video clip of our boys marching at this year’s parade can be viewed by Clicking Here
Across France where I live, there were similar ceremonies and our our little rural village in the Charente was no exception. We have a small British expat community and we were well represented yesterday at our local village war memorial. Normally, our mayor talks mainly about the French participation in both world wars and the deaths of the 15 or so members of our village. This year, she unexpectedly then asked if any of us Brits would like to say a few words. There were no immediate takers so she simply handed the microphone to me! I had no choice, so after thanking her for the opportunity, I spoke briefly about the need for us as a community to also remember to pay homage to British servicemen and women who lost their lives in both world wars and in later conflicts. A suggestion that we then sing God Save The Queen was thankfully not taken up, not out of any disrespect, but simply the unpreparedness of the request.
We have decided that next year we will provide a separate wreath to be laid on behalf of the British ex-pat community.
I am posting a couple of photos of our ‘parade’
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony At Chiang Mai Thailand November 2018 – An Account By David Cartwright 38th
I read that well-known verse (4th verse) from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon on Sunday. I was approached as organisers of my local Remembrance Day Service wanted an ex-Regular Royal Air Force serviceman to read the words, as it’s also the centenary of the RAF itself this year.
Our Royal Air Force Administrative Apprentices’ Association tie is well to the fore!
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Belfast Cenotaph Wreath Laying
John Davies (303rd) in his role as Chairman of The Not Forgotten Association Northern Ireland laid a wreath at Belfast City Cenotaph at the National Day of Remembrance Service on Sunday, 11 November 2018. This photograph shows John (centre) returning with the main procession to Belfast City Hall after the event.