Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

bear-grylls-poppyThis year, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal was launched by a Beaver Scout (though not one of my group’s Beavers).

And every year, my group attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Watford Town Hall. This year, it was rather wet as we stood outside the cenotaph – nigh on pouring, in fact. Which was quite annoying, since the morning had been totally dry!

Despite the rain, we had a good turn out of Cubs and Scouts though few from groups other than our own. They all stood extremely respectfully throughout the two minutes silence, the poems and laying of the commemorative poppy wreaths by dignitaries including our local MP, Mayor, and Councillors as well as representatives of veterans groups and other local charities – including the Scout District.

As usual, we were invited inside the Town Hall afterwards for a welcome cup of tea and biscuits.

We also go an extremely positive mention in our local paper:

More than 150 people, undeterred by persistent rain and plummeting temperatures, stood in silent tribute outside Watford Town Hall this afternoon to honour the war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Mourners young and old huddled in the gloom around the Peace Memorial as thanks were offered and tributes paid to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom.

Veterans, flanked by impeccably turned-out scouts and cadets, bowed their heads as a bugler played the Last Post and two minutes of silence was respectfully observed.

Very nice of them to say so, especially since most of us were wrapped up in our waterproofs so you couldn’t actually see our uniform!

Your lucky that you can wear waterproofs! One of our leaders was in the army and we are not allowed to wear anything else other than full uniform!

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