Bedford District Scouts have been invited to take part in The Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Day Parade, Service and Two Minutes’ Silence on Sunday 10 November 2013 at The Embankment.
Many of our Scout Groups take part in their Remembrance Services in their own areas of the Borough, but anyone who wishes to attend the main Parade in town is encouraged to do so. More details below. An email with full details has been sent to Leaders in the District.
The Assembly point is at junction of The Embankment and Bushmead Avenue, at the Russell Park end of The Embankment outside the restaurant. It is essential to arrive promptly between 10.00 and 10.15.
The Embankment will be closed to traffic that morning and parking in the roads around Russell Park will be tight so it is best to get there early. The Council’s website says that on Sundays free parking is available in All Hallows Multi-Storey, Riverside Square, Duck Mill Lane, St Peters Street, and Melbourne Street.
Parade and Dismissal
The Parade will move off by 10.30 and will march to the War Memorial on the Embankment for the Service of Remembrance, Last Post, Two Minutes’ Silence, and Laying of Wreaths.
Following the Service at the War Memorial, the Parade will move off along The Embankment. The Salute will be at the Saluting Base just in front of Castle Mound. This will be an “Eyes Right” by those in the Parade. There is an additional “Eyes Right” when passing the South African War Memorial outside the Swan Hotel.
The Parade will dismiss from Harpur Square.
We suggest that it is not appropriate for Beaver Scouts to take part in the Remembrance Parade itself, due to the usual cold (and often wet) weather and length of time standing around. It is recommended that Beaver Scouts take part in the Service and watch the Parade with their parents or guardians and / or Leaders. It may be useful for Beavers and their accompanying adults to gather near the War Memorial and follow RBL directions as to where to stand for the service.
Uniform to be worn
FULL and CORRECT current Uniform should be worn by all taking part in the Parade who wear Uniform. As we will be parading alongside the likes of the Armed Forces Cadets, Police Cadets, and the Crown Forces, it goes without saying that we do need to look smart and show everyone how proud we are to be Scouts and to wear our uniform. Due to the usual cold weather, it is recommended for a tshirt or long sleeved top or light jumper or thermals to be worn under the Uniform shirt as this will reduce any requirement for coats to be worn. Obviously if it absolutely lashing down with rain, hail, or snow, then coats will have to be worn.
Scouting and other Decorations, Honours, and Awards, may be worn by those entitled.
Poppies should be worn by all participants.
Anyone in possession of a parent’s or grandparent’s Campaign Medals or Decorations may wear these on the right breast below the insignia of any Scout Decorations or Awards.
Scouting Memorial Project Badge
The Scouting Memorial Project is a national campaign designed to raise awareness of “Remembrance”. It aims to raise funds to build and maintain a Scouting memorial to remember those who have given service to Scouting and their communities, especially those members of Scouting who have suffered through conflict. The Acting County Commissioner has given permission for the Scouting Memorial Project Badge to be worn on uniform above the pocket on the left breast. You can order badges from www.tsmp.org.uk.