Campaign to bring back Remembrance parade

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A Facebook campaign is gathering pace to see the return of a Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Monifieth next year.

A parade of various town groups used to take place from the former Royal British Legion Scotland premises to the war memorial.

However, in recent years this has been reduced to just a small service at Monifieth War Memorial.

This has also co-incided with the sale of the former Monifieth Legion clubrooms to Monifieth Amateur Dramatics Society and in October it was announced the Monifieth branch would cease to exist.

But a page has now been created on Facebook with the hope of garnering enough support to help organise a potential Remembrance parade on November 9, 2014.

The page says: “It has been a few years now since the parade itself last took place in Monifieth and a small service is now usually held at the War Memorial.

“If there is a desire from the public for such a parade to be reinstated and various appropriate local organisations are willing and able to make it work, this should be a simple formality.

“We are looking for more support on this venture. If you want it to happen it can quite easily happen.”

Next year’s Remembrance events will be particularly poignant as 2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

And as people commenting on the page have pointed out, Monifieth War Memorial has the name of Michael Lockett, the only Military Cross recipient to have been killed in action since the Second World War.

Acting Sergeant Lockett of 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, a former pupil of Monifieth High School was killed aged 29 in an explosion while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He received the Military Cross from Her Majesty the Queen after rescuing four injured soldiers from a Taleban ambush in Afghanistan in September, 2007.

Anybody interested in supporting the push for a Remembrance Day parade in Monifieth next year can search for the Monifieth Remembrance Parade page on Facebook.