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Staffordshire's Ceremonial Squad Go To Ypres

07/11/2014

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

 “We are all looking forward to taking part in the parades. 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.”

Alan Smith, Secretary of the Ceremonial Squad.

The team of 45 will leave for Belgium on 9 November and will return on 13 November.

During their time in Ypres they will tour battlefields and take part in three remembrance parades.

Director of Response Julian Hilditch and Fire and Rescue Authority member Councillor Terry Finn will accompany other representatives from Staffordshire. They will be laying wreaths and joining fire and rescue services from across the UK to take part in the ceremonial squad march through the Menin Gate.

Alan Smith, Secretary of the Ceremonial Squad, said: “We are all looking forward to taking part in the parades.  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.”

The Ceremonial Squad is made up of both serving and retired Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel.