Armed Forces Day Parade 2011

Remembering those who serve and have served

By Ian Hawks

I attended the event with my daughter Bridget Underwood, who took all the photos.

Rather embarrassingly for two young Air Cadets on raising the flag the halyard broke, so the flag had to be held out by hand.  The Mayor and councillors planted an oak tree in the eastern corner of the council forecourt in memory of service personnel killed in recent conflicts.  A reception was held afterwards for service personnel, veterans including Chelsea Pensioners and guests in the council offices, where the Canvey Bay museum had put on an exhibition of wartime memorabilia.

Photo:Flag hoisting

Flag hoisting

Bridget Underwood.

Photo:Local school children

Local school children

Bridget Underwood

Photo:Chelsea Pensioners

Chelsea Pensioners

Bridget Underwood

Photo:Veterans marching to tree planting site

Veterans marching to tree planting site

Bridget Underwood

Photo:Planting of Oak Tree

Planting of Oak Tree

Bridget Underwood

Photo:Dedication of Oak Tree.

Dedication of Oak Tree.

Bridget Underwood

Photo:Ian & Chelsea Pensioner in reception hall.

Ian & Chelsea Pensioner in reception hall.

Bridget Underwood

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 05/07/2011.
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