Remembering VJ Day and army cadets on parade

I attended a very moving ceremony last week to commemorate VJ Day.

 

The VJ Day service was simple but moving

The VJ Day service was simple but moving

 

The wreath laying service, organised by Evesham RBL, took place at the Burma Star Memorial in front of the Evesham Almonry.  Members of the Royal British Legion and Legion standards were present, the service was taken by Canon Birch and the Last Post was played by Sue Sollis.  Members of the Legion laid wreaths.

I was also involved in something very different from the normal Chairman’s events when I attended the Hereford & Worcester Army Cadet Force Annual Camp visitors’ day at Longmoor Training Camp at Liphook, Liss.

John and I were amazed to see what a large area of MOD land was used as the training area.  Arriving at the Guardroom gate we were shown to the Officers’ Mess, where we enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee after a three hour journey.  We then had a 45 minute presentation by Major Taylor (who will shortly be retiring) on how the camp was organised and what sort of activities the cadets would encounter during their week at the camp.

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This was followed by a short trip in a mini-bus to the “garrison area” – a mock-up of what soldiers could expect on active service, containing look-out posts, storage and rest areas. On the way we passed a tank used in some of the exercises.

We met a group of cadets who had just returned from an exercise where they had been required to search a vehicle and deal with “enemy” attempts to infiltrate the area.  We also saw a group of houses used as a training area for search and rescue from a built-up area in the face of enemy attack.  We then travelled on to the firing range area where several cadets were trying their hand firing at fixed targets, whilst another group rested before taking their turn on the range.

Cadets on the firing range

Cadets on the firing range

We enjoyed lunch outside under the shade of trees talking to cadets and instructors then spent the afternoon visiting various groups doing First Aid, how to pack bags to go on exercises, map reading and how to survive in the open/overnight, with the help of professional instructors/current army personnel.  We returned to enjoy a cup of tea before saying our farewells and a final picture with John, Lord Lt. of Worcestershire and Major Taylor, CO responsible for the Camp.

We enjoyed meeting Earl & Countess of Darnley, the Commanding Officer of 4 Mercian Regiment (Lt.Col. Mulholland), Lt. Col. Stuart Hickman (who visited us at Wychavon for our Council meeting on 3rd August), Ken Tallis (Chairman of H&W Cadet Force Charitable Trust from Pershore) and Major Lisa Glover, whom we first met at Droitwich a few weeks ago.

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We were very impressed with all we saw.  The young cadets have every opportunity to progress their careers and were polite, confident and very focussed on what they wanted to do.  A great compliment to the H & W Army Cadet Force.

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