RNAS YEOVILTON REMEMBERS
Today in the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church Cemetery of the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, St Bartholomew’s in Yeovilton village, Somerset, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton held their annual Act of Remembrance.
More than 1000 people gathered to remember our those that lost their lives in the line of duty. Attendance included serving members of the Royal Navy (including Royal Marines), the Army Air Corps and Royal Electrical and MechanicalEngineers from the Air Station along with civilians, contractors, families and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.
The ceremony holds an extra significance for the Royal Navy; in addition to Armistice Day, the 11th November marks the Anniversary of the Battle of Taranto, the famous World War II decimation of the Italian Fleet inflicted by the Royal Navy.
Children and teachers from local schools: Preston C of E Primary School, Ilchester Primary, Stanchester Academy and Park School (Chilton Cantelo) joined the congregation to honour the fallen members of our Armed Forces.
The service was led by RNAS Yeovilton Chaplaincy Team with an address from the Right Reverend Paul Mason, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces. Rear Admiral Martin Connell Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm laid a wreath alongside Commodore Nick Tindal Commanding Officer RNAS Yeovilton and representatives from the Army Air Corps and Commando Helicopter Force.
Following prayers and the reading of The Fleet Air Arm Roll of Honour, the two minutes’ silence was initiated by a bugler sounding the Last Post with a flypast from two Wildcat helicopters from 1 Regiment Army Air Corps signalling the end of the silence. A tribute to all those personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service.
Lest We Forget …