Army Cadets Honour the Fallen as Cadet150 Draws to a Close

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Army Cadets will conclude their Cadet150 commemorations this week with tributes to the fallen during traditional Remembrance events at both the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph in central London.

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Army Cadets will conclude their Cadet150 commemorations this week with tributes to the fallen during traditional Remembrance events at both the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cenotaph in central London.

On Thursday 11 November, cadets will participate in the annual Armistice Day Service of Remembrance on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Some 200 teenage cadets from the community-based Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps, and the school-based Combined Cadet Force, will form up along the Causeway on the approach to the Memorial for the arrival of the VIP guests. Later, during the service, an Army Cadet will read the second part of the exhortation, and all 200 cadets will lead the march past as the conclusion of the service.

On Saturday 13 November cadets will be participating in the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. They will line the stairway to greet Her Majesty The Queen on arrival and one specially selected cadet will have the honour of performing during the Festival itself.

Finally on Sunday 14 November cadets will be in attendance for the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, led by Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the royal family. The Prime Minister, other members of the Government and Opposition and representatives of the Armed Forces, as well members of the faith communities, will also participate. This is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the remembrance of those who have given their lives in war. Originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War, it has since been widened to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.

While not a military recruiting ground, the four cadet organisations are fiercely proud of their unique relationship with the Armed Forces and are honoured to parade alongside them at these, and hundreds of other Remembrance Weekend events.

Cadet150 is a year of events marking the 150th anniversary of the UK’s cadet movement and has involved hundreds of parades, camps, competitions and expeditions all over the country throughout 2010, all designed to promote the movement and encourage people of all ages to get involved. Her Majesty The Queen is Patron.

With origins dating back to 1860, the cadet movement is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world. A force to be reckoned with, today it numbers 131,000 young people led by 25,000 adult volunteers in well over 3,000 sites across the country.

The year of celebrations launched on February 17 when 26 cadet ambassadors had an audience at Buckingham Palace with HM The Queen, Patron of Cadet150, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief of the Army Cadet Force.

The main commemorative event for Cadet150 took place on 6 July when almost 2,000 cadets paraded down the Mall before His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, then joined friends, family and VIP guests in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for a garden party.

All three Armed Forces have helped the cadet movement celebrate its 150th anniversary. As well as a Festival of First Aid at RMA Sandhurst, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth hosted a special Cadet150 residential camp for 150 cadets working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a Cadet150 sports competition took place at RAF Cranwell.

Cadet150 expeditions have taken place to locations as diverse as Lesotho, the Himalayas, Nigeria, the Italian Dolomites, Peru, the USA and Kenya. Cadets are also planting 150,000 trees all over the country in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

These Remembrance weekend events are a fitting conclusion to the Cadet150 anniversary year.

For more information on Cadet 150 celebrations and voluntary work opportunities please visit the Army Cadets website.

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