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Latest News 11 November 2013

Remembrance Sunday

29 injured military veterans will march past the Cenotaph in the Remembrance Sunday Parade this weekend as part of the Blesma contingent

The contingent this year will consist of a total of 29 Members - 23 on scooters or electric wheelchairs and 6 ‘walking wounded’. The ex-service men and women will be led by the Parade Commander Lt Col (Retd) Jerome Church; also Blesma Chief Executive and Member who lost his leg in Northern Ireland. Partners and carers of the Members will march behind them.

With thousands of other veterans and participants, the Blesma contingent will line up at Horse Guards Parade at 0930hrs on Sunday 10 November. They will then march to Whitehall in time for the service at 1100hrs.

The Parade starts after the Queen and other dignitaries have paid their respects and laid their wreaths.

The Parade marches down Whitehall, along Birdcage Walk, on to Horse Guards for the Royal Salute. The participants will disperse around midday.

The Remembrance Day is a memorial day which has been observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who died in the line of duty. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.

The first such Day was held at Buckingham Palace and was hosted by King George V during the evening hours of November 10, 1919. The first official Remembrance Day was subsequently held on the Grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11, 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.

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