Why are they saying "thank you"? Well, all the bodies of the soldiers killed overseas are repatriated through the base that is nearby and they have to be driven through my little village on their way to the coroners and when that happens people line the streets and honour the soldiers as they come through. (I am usually at work when this happens and so I have not stood there myself, although I have made mention of this on my blog.)
So, we were treated to a couple of flypasts and lots of marching bands with rousing music! The High Street was packed with people from the surrounding area and there were local dignitaries attending, so it really was quite an event.
Anyway, enough chatter, here are the photos! The whole thing kicked off with a Hercules aeroplane - the Hercules is the most common plane that flies over the village on the way to the airbase, so we are quite used to them!
Then before we had three bands march up and down, a contingent of soldiers from all the regiments that had had fallen comrades repatriated through the village marched up and formed a line on either side of the road.
They were then inspected by this character, who made sure that they were in line!
Only then did we get the marching bands....
Followed by one more flypast, this time by a Globemaster C17. If you have never seen one of these before you wont know just how big this beast is. The photograph does not do it justice, but believe you me, it was massive! It even waggled it's wings as it flew over - wow - it really was quite a sight!
Finally, I want to show you my favourite photograph of the day!
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