skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad go to Ypres

08/11/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Ceremonial Squad will be travelling to Ypres in Belgium, where they will be taking part in three remembrance parades in Ypres throughout the week.

"It is an honourable task to perform and is a unique and humbling experience for our Ceremonial Squad."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness and Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman Cllr Len Bloomer, will accompany other representatives from Staffordshire in joining fire services from across the UK to take part in the ceremonial squad march through the Menin Gate.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness said: "The Ceremonial Squad is now in its 21st year and 10 members will be taking part in parades on November 10th and 11th. We shall all be wearing our poppies as a sign of remembrance - this is the very least that those of us who have been asked to risk our lives can offer those who did not have a choice.

"It is an honourable task to perform and is a unique and humbling experience for our Ceremonial Squad to march through the Menin Gate to honour those six million sent off to fight never to return to their loved ones."

A member of the Belgian Royal family and several Ambassadors will be laying wreaths on the 11th on November as a mark of respect.