Army Medics Given Freedom of York
8:00am 9th March 2013
Army Medics will march through the streets of York on today with bands playing when they receive the Freedom of the City in honour of their decades of lifesaving in conflicts across the globe.
The parade begins at 11.00 am when 55 soldiers from 34 Field Hospital will form up in Duncombe Place, York before marching through the city accompanied by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band.
The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman will be invited to inspect the troops by the Commanding Officer of 34 Field Hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Jaishan Mahan.
“We have always maintained close links with the City, especially with the local healthcare trust and the community in Strensall,” said Lt Col Mahan.
“We are very grateful to the people of York for granting us the ‘Freedom of the City’, I know it means a great deal to everyone in the unit as it confirms our place in a community we very much regard as home. I look forward to the years to come which I am confident will see a strengthening and enriching of the close relationship between the military and the City of York.”
The parade will march along Duncombe Place, Blake Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurrier Gate, Coney Street and past the Mansion House where the military and civic dignitaries will then take the salute as the troops march past. The medics will then return to Duncombe Place via Blake Street.
Deputy Town Clerk, Mr Ian Floyd will read from the Freedom scroll before it is presented to 34 Field Hospital bestowing the honour of the Freedom of the City of York on the troops following their service to the city and their lifesaving role on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The medics are currently training for operations once again.
The Lord Mayor of York said: “I’m delighted to preside over the award of this honour on 34 Field Hospital who have worked tirelessly to make York proud since the regiment was formed in 1996.”
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