Cadets pay tribute in Europe

AIR cadets from a Barry squadron travelled to Belgium and France to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in war.

The cadets visited the war memorials and battlefields of Ypres Salient, in Belgium and those of the Somme, in France.

They also stayed as guests of the Belgium Army in Ypres where they paraded with members of the local fire brigade, performing the moving "Last Post" ceremony at the Menin Gate.

As a sign of respect, the cadets laid poppy wreaths on behalf of the Royal British Legion and 372 Squadron.

Cadet Rhys Williams said, "We also went to Thiepval on the Somme to see where the fierce fighting took place. When you stand on the battlefields, it's amazing to think that in July 1916 this is where so many soldiers fought and died."

The cadets also made time to pay their respects at the Canadian War Memorial, Vimy Ridge and the memorial at Thiepval, which is dedicated to the 73,367 missing men of the Somme.

Officer Commanding 372 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Jason Horton, said: "It was a very busy few days with an enormous amount of travelling.

"However, the cadets all felt that it was a worthwhile and emotional experience. Seeing the battlefields and memorials first hand brings history closer to our present and not just left in the past.

"These men who died for their countries will not be forgotten by these cadets".


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