The REME Family came together at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 29 September 2022 to commemorate and celebrate the Corps in this the 80th anniversary year.
The weather, as requested, was perfect for the 80 REME Association veterans and families in attendance with 13 Branch Standards being unfurled and flown with great ceremony and pride. A similar number of officers and soldiers from 5 Force Support Battalion, 8 Training Battalion and 30 Signal Regiment Workshop provided the uniformed presence and the full band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, alongside our own Chelsea Pensioners, added that final touch of splendour and pageantry to the occasion.
The Parade Sergeant Major, WO2 Kelvin Redshaw, escorted the Branch Standards and soldiers onto parade before the Corps Padre, Reverend Nathan King, opened the memorial service. In support, Colonel REME and the Corps Secretary provided an update on the Corps situation today and, on behalf of those assembled, thanked every member of the REME Family, especially those who went before and to those serving today around the world in these uncertain and challenging times.
Following the memorial service, a small contingent from the Corps Engagement Team were on hand to meet and greet attendees as they arrived at the Oak Suite for refreshments. They provided some very interesting demonstrations and insights into modern Corps capability though there were certainly some interesting contrasts and comparisons being offered in return!
In all, a great day enjoyed by a wide and varied gathering of folks representing every element of the REME Family. Thanks for being there and we look forward to welcoming you all again next year. Save the date for your diaries – Thursday 28 September 2023. Arte et Marte.
Scribe: Major (Retired) Geordie Wright-Rivers
This article will be published in the next issue of The Craftsman, REME’s official magazine.
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