Yeovilton Remembrance Parade
Today in their annual act of Remembrance on Tuesday 11th November 2014, military personnel from the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton paraded at their base near Yeovil in Somerset.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines contingent in the Parade were augmented by Army personnel of the Arm Air Corps who are also based at the Air Station. Service personnel were joined by civilian employees from the Air Station and children from Hazlegrove, Chilton Cantelo and Ilchester Schools.
HMS Heron Volunteer Band played during the Service and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir sang. The manager of the choir Saara Gould-Haines said:
“We are very proud to be here not just representing RNAS Yeoviltons Military Wives Choir but all Wives and Families.”
Thoughts turned to all those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. This year's events take on an added poignancy as we mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
During the Service, the Roll of Honour for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) was read by Warrant Officer Anthony ‘Snowy’ Snowden and for the Army Air Corps (AAC) by Regimental Sergeant Major Jonathan Lean. It included the names of all personnel in the Naval Service, other Service personnel based at RNAS Yeovilton and members of the AAC who had lost their lives since the same Service in 2013:
Following the Act of Remembrance, a bugler, Mr Tom Page sounded the Last Post which was followed by the traditional 2 minute silence and ended with Reveille. Commodore Jock Alexander OBE then laid a wreath.
During his address, Naval Chaplain Reverend Martin Evans said that:
"There can be no more poignant time for us, as a community, to remember those who have gone before us, those whose lives were tragically cut short, but those without whose sacrifice, the world would be a very different place."