On Saturday 5 November, contingents of Devon’s Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Sea Cadets will march through the centre of Exeter to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme.
Led by the Devon Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums, the parade will start at 11 am the Princesshay Shopping Centre between the ‘Next’ and ‘River Islands’ shops and will end at the Northenhay Gardens War Memorial.
At the War Memorial, the Salute will be taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Cynthia Thompson and the President of Royal British Legion Devon, the Hon. Sarah Lopes.
On arrival at the Cathedral Green, there will be a short Service of Remembrance followed by the laying of Battle of the Somme crosses at the War Memorial.
This event, involving some seventy cadets from all parts of the county, also highlights the Cadet Forces of Devon, and particularly their support of the Royal British Legion at Remembrance time.
The Battle of the Somme was fought a hundred years ago from July until November and was one of the most devastating battles of the Great War.
It is fitting that the youth of today commemorate this event and maintain the memory for future generations in order to prevent such catastrophes happening again.