Air Scouts pay Remembrance Day respects

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16 Air Scouts and their leaders travelled to Ypres in Belgium for Remembrance weekend.

Air Scouts from 10th Chippenham paid their respects in Ypres; three of the Scouts were asked to lay the wreaths on behalf of the Royal British Legion. The service took place at the Menin Gate Memorial in the presence of HRH Prince Filip of Belgium and was televised by Belgian national TV.

‘A poignant experience’

The Air Scouts spent Saturday on the battlefields and found the grave of a former Chippenham Scout who went on to become an Assistant Scout Master in Swindon. Later on, they sold poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion and formed an Honour Guard for the wreath laying.

Group Leader, Chris Jones, said: ‘It was a truly amazing and very poignant experience. We spent the afternoon finding the grave of the great, great uncle of two Scouts . He served with Royal Army Medical Corps and was killed on the 7 November 1917.’

During the event, the Air Scouts and leaders joined 10,000 others to parade through the streets of Ypres. There were over 100 UK Scouts on parade or in attendance, plus Scouts from Israel and Canada.

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