FORRES will celebrate Remembrance Sunday a week prior to the official event.
The parade on Sunday, November 6 will be led as usual by members of the Royal British Legion Forres with soldiers from 39 Engineer Regiment, Kinloss Barracks marching though the High Street, along with veterans and representatives from other uniformed and youth organisations.
However, unlike the rest of the country which will hold Remembrance events on November 13, commitments mean that the engineer’s commanding officer has requested that Forres allow them to mark the anniversary a week earlier.
Commanding officer Lt Col Jim Webster said that the date change allows the Army, whose numbers are depleted due to deployment, to mark their 300th
anniversary in Forres, and then take part in other parades around Moray.
He said: “The Forres community is important to us, and we want to ensure that we provide the best parade possible.”
Lt Col Webster added: “This has been a real challenge this year due to the
high volume of deployments we are experiencing at the moment.
“With this in mind, we took the decision with the Royal British Legion to mark
Remembrance Sunday on November 6 in Forres, meaning that we are sufficiently resourced to parade through Forres.”
“This also allows us to lend support to other Remembrance Sunday events across the whole of Moray on November 13.”
2016 marks the 300 year anniversary of the Army’s Corps of the Royal Engineers with some celebrations planned.
However, members of 39 Engineer Regiment will also be honouring their promise to support the community and will be lending a hand to the Rotary Club of Forres, at the annual bonfire and fireworks event on Saturday, November 5.
Soldiers from 39 RE will be at Grant Park from 12 noon with a showcase of vehicles, trades, military music, and historical displays, to give an insight into the work the Royal Engineers have done over the last 30 years, and continue to do to this day.
The regiment will then stay on to help with the logistics of the Forres bonfire and enjoy the event and fireworks display.
On Sunday the regiment will then hold a formal Remembrance Sunday parade through Forres High Street.