AIR LEAGUE | Local cadets honour the fallen for Remembrance Day at Sydney Airport

Our squadron's cadets and officers recently honoured the fallen at a Remembrance Day service at Kingsford Smith International Airport and, for a few moments, Australia's busiest airport fell silent.

Remembrance Day was recognised on November 11 across the world with commemorations and services at 11am, marking 101 years since the Armistice was signed signalling the end of the Great War.

Moorebank cadets travelled to Mascot to help conduct the service held inside the T1 International Terminal.

It was absolutely fantastic seeing our cadets represent our community in this way. World travellers paused and joined with us to honour those who fought and died for peace.

RAYMOND BELL, Commissioner

2nd Officer Harrison Taranec sounded The Last Post on the bugle, beginning the minute's silence throughout the terminal. Behind him, Moorebank cadets conducted the traditional piling of the drums, a military custom dating back to early war-time, as the squadron's flag was draped over the drumheads by Trainee Officer Lachlan Hyde.

Lachlan acted as the Squadron Commanding Officer for the occasion.

He later said: "It was absolutely incredible that our cadets were invited to take part in this unique service.

"Marching through the terminal and then bringing silence to the often chaotically loud place was quite the experience."

There were 12 members of the squadron present, comprising of a small squadron band corps, flag party, marching unit and officers.

Commissioner Raymond Bell remarked on the day: "It was absolutely fantastic seeing our cadets of Moorebank squadron represent our community in this way.

"Moorebank squadron truly was on the international stage as world travellers paused and joined with us to honour those who fought and died over 100 years ago in search of peace."

The league is a youth organisation for boys and girls from 8, formed in 1934 to foster a spirit of aviation and promote good citizenship in Australian youth.

Cadets are given opportunities to join the squadron band, learn ceremonial drill and aviation theory, do physical activities, modelling and camping and make new friends.

Members 14 and over have the chance to learn to fly at Camden Air Activities Centre with qualified volunteer instructors.

All officers have working-with-children checks.

Moorebank squadron meets every Friday from 7pm to 9pm during school terms at Nuwarra Public School on McKay Avenue at Moorebank.

  • More: moorebank.airleague.com.au or Raymond Bell, 9153 7415.

Lachlan Hyde is a Trainee Officer at Moorebank squadron

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