November 12th 2021

East Midlands Cadets in Armistice Day Parade at the Cenotaph

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Armistice Day 2021. Photographed by Damian Howlett.

Cadets from the East Midlands featured in this year’s Armistice Day Service of Remembrance, held at the Cenotaph in London. Cadets from Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) and two of East Midland’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Units joined the parade in the annual service for Armistice Day.

Armistice Day is held on the 11th November itself, the date the fighting stopped in World War One. A two-minute silence is held at 11am, the time the ceasefire started in 1918.

Members of the CCFs with Rear Admiral James Macleod CB, Assistant Chief of the Defence of Staff.

Last year’s Armistice Day ceremonies were scaled back due to the Covid-19 pandemic – but this year, commemorations returned to normal.

The two CCF Units are based at The King’s School, Grantham, and Priory Federation of Academies. They were invited to parade with the Western Front Association, an organisation dedicated to the history of World War One. It “aims to educate, and to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served their countries on all sides during the Great War.”

Six cadets in front of the Cenotaph in London with a poppy wreath in front of them.

The six Cadets from Lincolnshire ACF.

Six Cadets from Lincolnshire ACF were also invited to London for the service. They were from the Spalding and Billingborough Detachments, part of the ACF’s No. 3 Company.

They were even given complimentary train tickets by Hull Trains for their journey to the capital.

Damian Howlett, who joined the Cadets in London, said that they “represented themselves and Lincolnshire ACF tremendously throughout the whole day”.

Find out more about the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force.