We were blessed with a sunny day on November 10th 2019 when we held our annual Remembrance Service. Perhaps it was the sun, but we had a larger than normal turnout, which was gratifying to see.
Martyn Cook organises this every year and he was the parade marshal.
The music was excellently provided by our own "Martlesham Brass"
Martyn introduced a contingent from the 356th ATC (Felixstowe), and the Kesgrave detachment of the Kesgrave Army cadet force. Also present was a good attendance of Martlesham Scouts and Guides.
Mr Richard Barker is president of Martlesham Heath Aviation Society and he gave an address. The service was taken by Martlesham's vicar, the Reverend Toby Tate. Wing Commander Nicholson gave an address as the representative of the Royal Air Force. This will be his final appearance after 10 years attendance at our annual remembrance service and we thank him for this. Phil Nicholson will shortly be retiring.
Colonel Mark Ciero was accompanied by his wife and he gave an address on behalf of the USAF. Mark Ciero is an hon. vice president of our society and is now back in this country as U.S. Air Forces in Europe-United Kingdom Director. He is based at RAF Mildenhall.
Representatives from Suffolk constabulary and the local business community were also present and together with the ATC, Kesgrave Cadets and Martlesham scouts and guides and the Royal British Legion, the RAFA association, the Aircrew Association and the Iron Crows and the Black Shucks motor cyclists. All laid wreaths at our proud three war memorials. A Scottish piper was present and the sound of bagpipes was once again heard on the Barrack Square.
A video of the Remembrance Service is available on YouTube. Please click HERE
View of the parade
All the wreaths are laid
Bikers from the Iron Crows and the Black Shucks. They join us every year and visit other remembrance parades. They raise funds for the benevolent society.
Kesgrave detachment of the Suffolk army cadets march off