Abingdon town welcomes home RLC soldiers
A History and Honour news article
26 Nov 09
To mark their return from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, 300 soldiers from both 3 and 4 Logistic Support Regiments marched through the town of Abingdon in Oxfordshire yesterday, Wednesday 25 November 2009.
The soldiers were exercising their freedom of the town and marched carrying rifles with fixed bayonets and with colours (regimental standards) flying and were greeted by the townsfolk who were waving flags and welcoming placards.
At Abingdon's Market Place the town's Mayor, Councillor Patricia Hobby, Chairman of the Vale of White Horse District Council, and Brigadier Chris Murray, the Director of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), addressed the parade and presented Operational Service Medals to the troops.
Private Paul Young, aged 20, from 4 Logistic Support Regiment (4 LSR), said:
"When you see all the people it makes you think the whole country supports you. It was special."
Speaking before the parade, Mayor Hobby said:
"The parade gives the people of Abingdon a chance to show their appreciation of the work the troops have been doing to help make our country more secure.
"We are also thinking about those who have died in this conflict and hope their families eventually find some peace in the sacrifice their relatives have made."
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