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Members take part in National Service of Remembrance

Tuesday 21st November 2017

75 young people from The Boys' Brigade participated in the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday 12th November.  BB members from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland took part in the parade and also laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.

The companies representing The Boys' Brigade were:  5th Scarborough, 1st Yeovil, 31st Northampton, 1st Kilbride, 1st Cookstown, 1st Glastry, 7th Newtownabbey, 1st Greenisland, 1st Banagher, 1st Fintona and 1st Stevenston.

John Wilson (17), member of 1st Stevenston, said:

"It was an honour to get the invitation to go down and take part in this national event and to meet others parading.

"It is important, because so many have given their life for there country, so we must remember."

For many of the young people, this was their first time involved at the commemoration.

Members of 1st Greenisland

Adam White (17), member of 1st Greenisland, also commented on the experience:

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and surreal to take part in.

"It helps raise the profile of the BB and gives boys an opportunity to go to important national events like this."

In addition to the events in Whitehall, BB members took part in similar civic and church events across the UK.

Bill Stevenson, Brigade Secretary / CEO, said:

"This is tremendous to see such a turnout from BB young people at the National Service of Service of Remembrance in London.  Well done to them, their leaders, and others throughout the country who took part in Remembrance Day events.

1st Kilbride with Mayor of Newtownabbey and Antrim

"In so many communities across the UK, BB companies play a crucial role in helping us commemorate those who have sacrificed so much that we can have the freedoms we enjoy today."

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