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45 Commando lead the way into Arbroath

March On: The Royal British Legion Pipe Band, X-ray Company 45 Commando Group, Veterans, cadets and Lieutenant Colonel Cheesman MBE RM taking the salute during the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Parade on Saturday.

March On: The Royal British Legion Pipe Band, X-ray Company 45 Commando Group, Veterans, cadets and Lieutenant Colonel Cheesman MBE RM taking the salute during the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Parade on Saturday.

The crowds of Arbroath gathered on Saturday to watch the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Day Parade as they marched through the town.

Royal Marines from Command and X-ray Company, 45 Commando Group marched alongside Veterans and cadets during the parade.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel DJ Cheesman MBE RM took the salute. He said: “Parades such as this allow the relationships already built between ourselves and the local community to strengthen even further, and this year the parade will be particularly memorable as it gives us the opportunity to remember those individuals who served during the Normandy Landings 70 years ago.”

45 Commando have a long and proud history with the people of Arbroath having first moved here in 1971.

After 10 years of campaigning in Iraq and Afghanistan the Commando has reaffirmed its position in the local community and every year this has been strengthened through community engagement, support to local events and shared use of resources such as the dry ski slope and new 3G pitches.

This year the Commando started training to assume its position as the UK’s Very High Readiness force in May 2015 but will continue to actively engage with the community.

The parade culminated with a particularly poignant Remembrance service in Victoria Park, which marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

 

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