Despite being unable to meet because of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 lockdown, Air Cadets from 1064 (Honiton) Squadron in Devon have compiled a video to commemorate Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous speech announcing the end of the war in Europe, broadcast from Downing Street on the 8th May 1945. The Squadron was originally due to participate in the local celebrations before the requirements of social distancing and isolation meant that all the events had to be cancelled. Instead they came up with the idea to produce a video to celebrate the event.
The cadets who took part in the project range in age from 12 to 16 years old and were each asked to record a small section of the speech at home and then upload to an online folder. The separate pieces, along with an introduction by the Chairman of the Honiton branch of the Royal British Legion, were then put together by Flying Officer Mike Neve from the squadron.
The Commanding Officer of 1064 (Honiton) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Justin Felice, said “this just goes to show the considerable lengths that my staff, and others like them across the country, are going to in order to keep the cadets engaged during this difficult time, along with the level of commitment shown by the cadets to the organisation and its values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.”
The RAF Air Cadets, better known as “The Air Cadets”, is a UK wide uniformed Youth Organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force with over 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years old and 900 squadrons based locally around the UK. It is staffed and run by volunteers, both uniformed staff and civilian, who give up much of their time to teach and provide life enhancing opportunities and skills to the cadets. For further information on the RAF Air Cadets, or how to join, please go to https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets