Re­mem­ber­ing the fallen

Pa­rades and ser­vices held across the bor­ough

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries RUISLIP res­i­dents lined the streets to wel­come a mil­i­tary pa­rade as part of Re­mem­brance ser­vices on Sun­day Novem­ber 8.

The largest RAF Northolt con­tin­gent marched from Ruislip Un­der­ground Sta­tion to Ruislip Me­mo­rial at the end of Ruislip High Street.

The Pa­rade fea­tured RAF air­men and women, the Bri­tish Forces Post Of­fice and 621 Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Squadron.

RAF Northolt sta­tion com­man­der, Group Cap­tain David Man­ning, joined Hilling­don deputy mayor John Hens­ley to re­view the pa­rade and laid a wreath on be­half of RAF Northolt at Ruislip War Me­mo­rial.

They were ac­com­pa­nied by Lieu­tenant Colonel Mark Lloyd MBE, who laid a wreath on be­half of the Bri­tish Forces Post Of­fice and Ma­jor Tom Ben­nett, who laid a wreath on be­half of 621 Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Squadron.

Group Cap­tain Man­ning said: “In this year of sig­nif­i­cant an­niver­saries for Vic­tory in Europe day and the 75th An­niver­sary of Bat­tle of Bri­tain, it was a great hon­our to act as re­view­ing of­fi­cer in Ruislip and at­tend the Re­mem­brance ser­vice in Uxbridge.

“It was a hum­bling and mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see so many peo­ple gath­ered to­gether, uni­fied in their de­sire to pay their re­spects and hon­our the mem­ory of those who have given their lives.”

Joined by hun­dreds of lo­cal res­i­dents, RAF per­son­nel laid wreaths at war memo­ri­als in Ruislip, East­cote, South Ruislip and Uxbridge to hon­our the mem­ory of those that gave their lives in armed con­flict.

On Wed­nes­day last week (Novem­ber 11) more than 600 mil­i­tary and civil­ian per­son­nel based at North­wood Head­quar­ters held ser­vices.

North­wood HQ is home to five com­mands, in­clud­ing the Per­ma­nent Joint Head­quar­ters, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that man­ages the UK’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tions over­seas.

Wing Com­man­der Jonny Wylie, the Padre, led the ser­vice and paid trib­ute to the fallen.

He said: “Af­ter many years as a mil­i­tary padre this will be my last re­mem­brance ser­vice in the role, so this was very spe­cial for me.

“In our busy lives it is good to pause for a few mo­ments and let the si­lence speak about the many that have gone be­fore us”

The Last Post was played by a Royal Marine Bu­gler and the two min­utes si­lence was in­sti­gated by the L118 Light Guns of the Hon­ourable Ar­tillery Com­pany and 7 Para Royal Horse Ar­tillery.

Wreathes were laid by se­nior mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the site, led by Gen­eral Sir Richard Bar­rons the Com­man­der of Joint Forces Com­mand.

Cap­tain Kevin Shaw, North­wood ’s Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer said: “In North­wood’s multi­na­tional op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment we are keenly aware of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of both our own forces and those of our Al­lies around the globe in or­der to make the world a safer place.

“We must never forget and al­ways hon­our those who have given their all for that ser­vice to their coun­try.”

n SER­VICE: Veter­ans at Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Armistice Day pa­rade at the Uxbridge Civic Cen­tre

n HUM­BLING: Veter­ans at the Uxbridge Civic Cen­tre on Novem­ber 11

n HON­OUR:

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