Recently, Air Cadets from 372 (Barry) Squadron, remembered the 110 fallen Barry soldiers from the great wars; by laying a cross of remembrance on each of their graves at Barry cemetery, prior to Remembrance Sunday.
The Air Cadets have again continued the work of Phyllis Wells; who had been tending to the war graves for over 60 years at Barry Cemetery. The Cadets simple and yet poignant act of laying a cross and smartly saluting each headstone was very moving as the cadets remembered soldiers, sailors and airman many of whom were not much older than themselves at the time of their death.
Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Jason Horton, paid tribute to the Cadets for their assistance “the Air Cadets once again did a wonderful job today, paying their respects to the soldiers of Barry who made the ultimate sacrifice and they should be rightly proud of what they have done”.
This year was all the more poignant as the Cadets have recently returned from a trip to Belgium and France. Their trip included visits to the Ypres Salient and Somme battlefields as well as memorials and cemeteries of world war one.
Sgt John said “I went on the recent trip to Belgium and understand the sacrifices which these soldiers, sailors and airmen made. I am proud to say that this is the second year that I have paid my respects in this way”
The Cadets who assisted were – Natasja Gill, Luke Beecham, James Jellinski, Callum Dowdell, and Tom John.
As well as ceremonial and community duties the Air Cadets undertake many exciting activities and opportunities including flying, gliding, shooting, sports, adventure training, team building exercises, expeditions, visits and field craft training and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme expeditions.