I take this opportunity to thank all those New Milton organisations who supported the Town Council and the Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance including those members of the community who “Mustered” at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th November 2012.
Remembrance Sunday dawned a bright sunny autumn day. At 10.30 some 200 uniformed and other organisations within our town, which included Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, Army Cadets, representations from all our schools, Rotarians, Lions, Police, Fire Service and others assembled on the Crossmead Avenue car park.
The parade was led by the Christchurch Scout Band followed by 17-year old Sian Hayward (Cadet Corporal) who proudly carried the Union flag. The parade marched to the New Milton Recreation Ground where they were joined by 300 plus members of the New Milton Community who were assembled around the War Memorial. Reveille and Last Post were sounded and Exhortation and Kohema recited, and prayers were conducted by the Reverend Andrew Bailey.
Since Remembrance Day 2011, 54 British service personnel have regrettably lost their lives in Afghanistan and in recognition of this sad loss of young life, 54 crosses were planted by a selection of young cubs, cadets and brownies. On completion of the ‘planting’ the parade marched, via Station Road, to the Memorial Hall where the Reverend Bailey conducted the Service of Remembrance, assisted by the New Life Church with singing ably supported by the Jubilee Singers. The Service was attended by 400 people.
In my capacity as the Parade Marshall, I would like to congratulate all the young uniformed organisations including the school children who were ‘on parade’ for their dress, and the discipline exhibited. They were all a credit to New Milton, themselves, their uniforms and parents.
Cllr Goff Beck