Special service in Rugby marks Armed Forces Day - The Rugby Observer

Special service in Rugby marks Armed Forces Day

A SPECIAL service in Rugby honoured armed forces personnel past and present – and commemorated 25 years since the Kosovo conflict – on Armed Forces Day (Saturday June 29).

Residents gathered at Hillmorton War Memorial with Mayor Simon Ward and Mayor’s Cadet Sgt Alessia Fracchia, where Royal British Legion standards and the Royal Air Force Association standard were paraded together with the banner of the 29F (Rugby) Squadron Air Training Corps, and the air cadets formed a guard of honour.

Led by Rev Steve Gold from St John the Baptist church, representatives of the Bilton, Hillmorton, and Rugby No 1 Branches of the Royal British Legion joined in a service which included a two minute’s silence.

The reading was given by Ken Brand, President of the Hillmorton Branch, who served in Kosovo providing humanitarian aid, training and equipping firefighters.




The Exhortation was given by Rugby Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion Leigh Caswell, and Kosovo veteran Phil Hartley gave the Kohima Epitaph.

The Mayor said: “It was an honour to attend this special service.


“We especially remember the sacrifice of whose who gave their lives or suffered injuries and thank all the members of our armed forces who served as part of the UK and NATO operations in Kosovo, as well as our troops who continue to support Kosovo’s sovereignty through NATO’s KFOR mission.”

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