On Saturday 12th November, Hannah Jones, a Chiltern Maritime Cadet had the privilege of representing the Merchant Navy in the annual Festival of Remembrance, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Below is Hannah’s account of the memorable day.
The Festival of Remembrance is a national commemoration for all the British and Commonwealth services and emergency service personnel, civilians, and others who gave their lives for our freedom in conflicts around the globe. Being part of such a special event was unforgettable. It was a huge pleasure to be in a room with some amazing individuals, including 4 fellow cadets and 5 highly talented Officers.
After rehearsals and marching in London, we were ready for the main performances in front of a full crowd of 6,000 people, whilst being broadcasted on the BBC for millions to watch worldwide.
Having my Father also present in the audience was very special for me. This year to make it even more poignant we celebrated the life of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Our new King Charles III attended for the first time as reigning monarch, so we were determined to get our performance spot on. After a short emotional drumhead service, the last post was sounded and a 2-minute silence was accompanied by a poppy drop, something that I will never forget.
It was an amazing experience from start to finish. I am truly humbled to represent our Merchant Navy forefathers at such an important event. I am proud to represent Warsash Maritime Academy, Maersk Supply Service and Chiltern Maritime. I’m endlessly grateful for all the opportunities and support they have given me so far and look forward to what is to come.
If you’d like to discuss joining the Merchant Navy or discussing any of our cadetship opportunities, please get in touch with the team.