Service Marks 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Return From Afghanistan


16 Air Assault Brigade held a special service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, to give thanks for its return from a six month tour of Afghanistan, to remember the fallen and look to the future.

A candle was lit in memory of each of the soldiers as their name was read out, and Afghan soldiers and police men who were killed were also remembered.

The Right Reverend Lord Eames OM, formerly Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, gave the sermon and spoke of the brigade’s achievements during its winter tour of Helmand Province, as well as the losses.

He said: “All gave something, and some gave all.”

The service featured music from the Band of The Parachute Regiment, a piper from the Royal Irish Regiment and a choir of Fijian soldiers.

Brigadier James Chiswell MC, who commanded 16 Air Assault Brigade in Afghanistan, said: “It was a very moving and poignant service that was a fitting tribute to the lives of the remarkable people we lost.

“In Helmand, we were able to build on the extremely good work of our predecessors and have left a strong sense of continuing progress and a gathering sense of optimism among local people.”

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