Honouring the Dead

Braedene

Blairgowrie, United Kingdom

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I arranged for 16 cadets , accompanied by three officers and myself from 2 Highlanders Battalion ACF, the only Battalion from Scotland to participate, to go to Normandy for D Day June 2009. The Normandy Veterans Association were handing over the ‘baton’ of Remembrance to the youth of today. We met up in England where 500 cadets were then bussed to Arromanches to a tented camp to parade for two days at the memorials for those who lost their lives on those now famous beaches. Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword where thousands of men lost their lives. President Obama with Gordon Brown visited Omaha Beach where almost 10 000 Americans lost their lives in the first few weeks. The 500 cadets from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales lined the route up to the Cenotaph and when the Service was over we were fortunate that Prince Charles stopped to speak to some of our cadets. He is Colonel in Chief of our Regiment. Gold and Juno Beach – two of the landing sites in June 1944 are at Bayeux. President Sarcozy of France was also there. We also paraded at the Cenotaph in Colville Montgomery – Sword Beach. The cadets spoke to many veterans and we had cadets selected to speak on Radio. Our young cadet Sergeant Major was selected to lower the flag – a great honour- ( the last time the Veterans will officially do these parades). This was televised across Britain. It took us two days of travel to get there and two days back but the time and effort in making this happen was fully rewarded by the cadets’ reactions.

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