Ipswich welcomes home 4 Regiment Army Air Corps tomorrow (Wednesday 15th June) after their recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Wattisham-based regiment has the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich and will exercise this freedom with a parade through the town centre and a service of thanksgiving at the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park.
The service will commence at 2pm at the Cenotaph after the salute and inspection by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Le Grys.
The Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere, said: “This will be a proud occasion for Ipswich and we wish a warm welcome to the regiment, whose courage is an inspiration to us all. I hope members of the public will cheer them on as they march through the town and then join us at the Cenotaph for what will be a moving service.
The town will also use the occasion to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.
A 4 Regiment Army Air Corps helicopter will land on the lawn in front of the Mansion at lunchtime and they will be greeted by civic leaders and the military parade marching to the park from the town centre. A medal ceremony and service will commence at 2pm after the salute and inspection by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Le Grys.