Royal Artillery Ceremony of Remembrance
It is that time of year again when we all remember why we have the freedom we do. We think about the thousands of men and women that bravely gave their today for our tomorrow. We at the Royal Artillery Association and the Royal Regiment will all remember with pride those that sacrificed so much to ensure our way of life.
During Remembrance week our soldiers from across the Regiments and branches of the RAA will be gather around the world, from Germany to Blackpool; remembering and holding ceremonies to commemorate the fallen and to pay their respects.
The Royal Regiment of Artillery, The Royal Artillery Association and the wider gunner family turned out in force at the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park
The RA Service of Remembrance, taken by The Venerable Stephen Robbins is a key event in the RA calendar and to see so many of our serving and retired Gunners coming together to pay their respects is a real show of support to the regimental family.
This year B Bty & 28/143 (Tomb’s Troop) Bty made up the marching contingent of the parade and were exceptional in their duties. We must also mention The Royal Artillery Band and The Kings Troop RHA who do draw the crowds at any occasion and added to an already fitting ceremony.
The veterans, led out by Maj Gen Cullen CB OBE made up over 800 people present at the service, wishing to pay their respects. It truly was a moving ceremony and with The Kings Troop Trumpeters signalling the Last Post along with the RAA Standard Bearers this really did bring a sense of poignancy to the occasion!
The Regiment were also present at the Cenotaph in London with thousands of people nationwide watching and commemorating the fallen by laying their wreaths and falling silent at 11am in a show of respect and gratitude for their sacrifice.
This show of respect was backed up across the nation with the RA Association branches and regiments attending their local town services for wreath laying ceremonies in Colchester, East Kent, Germany and Thailand bringing a real sense of meaning to our motto ‘Ubique’
Congratulations must go to the RASM and his team for a seamless and moving service.
‘Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner’
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