Parade, wreath-laying give US airmen role in UK day of remembrance
Stars and Stripes November 13, 2023
U.S. airmen from RAF Lakenheath in England observed Remembrance Day ceremonies over the weekend alongside members of the Royal British Legion and dignitaries in the town of Stowmarket.
In the United Kingdom, Nov. 11 tributes recall the signing of the 1918 armistice that ended World War I. The main observance to honor those who fought and died in WWI and other wars is Remembrance Sunday, which is held annually on the Sunday closest to Nov. 11.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Marcum was one of the 17 U.S. airmen who attended. He said it was the second time he had taken part in a parade in Britain.
“This time feels a little different, more humbling,” Marcum said, adding that the link between Veterans Day and Remembrance Day contributed to that feeling.
Stowmarket residents lined the streets to watch the parade make its way to the cathedral for a service. Afterward, the parade continued to the Stowmarket War Memorial, where a wreath-laying ceremony concluded the day’s events.