Bury remembers its sons and daughters lost in war

Standard bearers and members of ex-service organisations in the Remembrance Parade on Angel Hill ANL-150811-225355009
Standard bearers and members of ex-service organisations in the Remembrance Parade on Angel Hill ANL-150811-225355009
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Bury St Edmunds’ long connection with the military showed when the town turned out yesterday for the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service.

Crowds lined Angel Hill as RAF Honington’s Volunteer Band led the parade of past and present service people, civic dignitaries and the current generation of cadets out for the wreath laying at the town’s war memorial, followed by a march past to a service of remembrance at St Mary’s Church.

For the first time, the white caps of Number 3 Police Wing were among the RAF Honington contingent at the parade  ANL-150811-230903009

For the first time, the white caps of Number 3 Police Wing were among the RAF Honington contingent at the parade ANL-150811-230903009

There were contingents in the Royal British Legion organised event from RAF Honington and the Army Air Corps’ Wattisham flying station as well as USAF airmen from RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

For the first time, the Honington marching contingent included eight white capped members of 1 (Tactical) Police Squadron who moved here from RAF Henlow in June as part of Number 3 RAF Police Wing.

But if the marching soldiers and airmen looked impressive, the day really belonged to the veterans – the people who had seen service in World War Two and conflicts since, from Korea in the early 1950s to Afghanistan.

Marching with their own medals bright on their left breast, and, perhaps, a relative’s, from an earlier conflict, on the right they showed their determination that ‘we shall remember them’, as the oft quoted verse of Robert Binyon’s poem For the Fallen promised.

The colours are lowered as the two minutes silence begins  ANL-150811-231036009

The colours are lowered as the two minutes silence begins ANL-150811-231036009

These were the people for whom remembrance is not a just worthy concept, but is about real people, the friends and comrades who did not make it back and who may even have died in front of them.

It was those they remembered as the Last Post sounded, the colours were lowered and the bustle of Angel Hill stilled to a rare silence.

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Patrick Chung steps forward to lay a wreath on behalf of the borough ANL-150811-231147009

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Patrick Chung steps forward to lay a wreath on behalf of the borough ANL-150811-231147009

Col Matthew Powell, vice commander of RAF Mildenhall's 352d Special Operations Wing,lays a wreath on behalf of USAF Europe

Col Matthew Powell, vice commander of RAF Mildenhall's 352d Special Operations Wing,lays a wreath on behalf of USAF Europe

The blue berets of the Army Air Corps from Wattisham ANL-150811-231425009

The blue berets of the Army Air Corps from Wattisham ANL-150811-231425009

An Army Air Corps officer lays his unit's wreath ANL-150811-231602009

An Army Air Corps officer lays his unit's wreath ANL-150811-231602009

Members of the Honor Guard from the USAF at  RAF Lakenheath ANL-150811-231625009

Members of the Honor Guard from the USAF at RAF Lakenheath ANL-150811-231625009

Bury's new: MP Jo Churchill stands in front of Tory and service veteran Lord Tebbit who was an RAF jet fighter pilot ANL-150811-231837009

Bury's new: MP Jo Churchill stands in front of Tory and service veteran Lord Tebbit who was an RAF jet fighter pilot ANL-150811-231837009

Members of cadet forces form up on Angel Hill ANL-150811-230205009

Members of cadet forces form up on Angel Hill ANL-150811-230205009