Saturday, 12 November 2011

Royal Marines

THEY'RE the pride of Plymouth – and yesterday the city's troops took a citizen's salute.

November 11, 2011 – Remembrance Day – was a fitting day to stage the biggest military event in Plymouth since World War Two.

The official homecoming for the city's 3 Commando Brigade following a six-month tour of Afghanistan, was attended by more than 1,100 military personnel.

And Plymouth's title as the 'home of the Royal Marines' was firmly upheld with more than 10,000 passionate supporters showing their appreciation.

The driving rain and gales did little to put them off.

Loud cheers and applause could be heard across Plymouth as the proud commandos marched through the heart of the city to a heroes' welcome.

As one Plymouth-based Lieutenant Colonel put it: "I think we all had goose-bumps at some point. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life – and one which my family and I will never ever forget"

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