Boys join Gurkhas for parade on Armed Forces Day
July 2, 2015
July 2, 2015
Members of QE’s Combined Cadet Force joined local Gurkha soldiers and other cadets and reserve forces at this year’s Armed Forces Day parade.
The boys, from Years 9-13, took part in a parade and inspection at the School first, before joining the First Parade at Hendon Town Hall. This was followed by the March Past when the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Mark Shooter, took the salute and raised an Armed Forces Day flag above the Town Hall. After the parade, the boys enjoyed refreshments before returning to School.
This year’s Armed Forces Day marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th anniversary of World War II and the 200th anniversary of Gurkhas serving in the British Army.
Addressing the parade, the Mayor said he was proud that of the 200 or so such events around the country, the borough’s was one of the largest. He said it was a privilege to take part in the event and to pay tribute to those who serve the country. He spoke of the vital role of the Armed Forces Reserve, which makes up a sixth of the total UK armed forces. And the Mayor also acknowledged members of the Burnt Oak Nepalese Community and the Brigade of Gurkhas Association who took part in the ceremony.
Among other VIPs were Martin Russell, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, and the Lady Mayoress, Melissa Shooter.
QE’s CCF was formed in 1992 and is sponsored by the Corps of Royal Engineers. Boys are eligible to join from Year 9 and have to show at least a moderate degree of physical fitness. Selection depends on completion of a number of simple physical tests, including a 1.5 mile run in under 14 minutes and a best effort at 40 sit-ups and 40 press-ups, both in two minutes.