City honours RAF squadron heroes
News ~ June 4, 2005
A Scottish-based squadron has made history by becoming
the first to be given the freedom of a city. Civic leaders in Stirling
have honoured personnel from 43 Fighter Squadron, based at RAF Leuchars
in Fife. The squadron, known as the Fighting Cocks, was formed at Falleninch
Field near Stirling Castle in 1916.
force top brass and Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram were at a ceremony
on Saturday which included a parade and a flypast by Tornado jets.
Organisers, the Fathers of the Royal City of Stirling,
also arranged a field gun salute in honour of the squadron, which played
a major role in both world wars and in subsequent conflicts in places including
the Balkans and Iraq.
Stirling Provost Colin O'Brien said: "The squadron
has a long and proud association with our area, stretching over almost
90 years. This honour speaks volumes of the high regard our community has
for the squadron's conduct, professionalism and dedication."
Thousands of people lined the streets to see the city
bestow its top honour for the first time.
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