Remembrance Sunday & the opening of RAF Coningsby Memorial Garden

On Monday 7 Nov 2011, personnel from Royal Air Force Coningsby joined with members of the local community to open a Memorial Garden at the Church of Holy Spirit.

Wg Cdr James Brayshaw (OC Base Support Wing) laid a Wreath on behalf of Station Personnel and the congregation were invited to place their own crosses of remembrance within the garden. There was an outstanding turn out to the opening of the Memorial Garden and the 50
home-baked cupcakes did not stretch far across the 300 strong gathering.

Armistice Day saw the entire station fall silent for two minutes and Remembrance Sunday saw RAF Coningsby personnel supporting parades in Boston and Coningsby. The Station Commander, Group Caption Sampson, laid a wreath in Coningsby and Wg Cdr Al Seymour (OC 29(R) Sqn) laid the wreath at Boston. Other towns and villages were also supported by station personnel with Wg Cdr Brooker (OC Eng) laying a wreath at Woodhall Spa and Chf Tech Hughs acting as Parade Marshal and Wg Cdr Wells (OC XI Sqn) laying the wreath at East Kirkby.

The United Kingdom has observed Remembrance Day and the Two Minutes Silence since the end of the First World War. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have fought for our freedom and the quality of life we enjoy. We not only remember those who contributed to the two world wars but also to the 12,000 British Servicemen and Women who have been killed or injured on active service since 1945.

We Will Remember Them

 

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