Are you going to the Trafalgar Day Parade this Sunday?
Trafalgar Day commemorates the historic victory of the British Navy over the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Admiral Lord Nelson commanded the fleet from HMS Victory but was mortally wounded in the engagement, so the event also commemorates and celebrates his life. Wreaths are laid at his tomb in St Pauls Cathedral and on board the Victory at Portsmouth. The historic signal “England expects….” is sent from the ship at 8am followed by a memorial service on board. At Trafalgar Square in London, the Sea Cadets put on a display to showcase their skills at 11 am before marching to the Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk. Expect bands and a salute – the display lasts over an hour and has been a highlight of the Sea Cadets’ calendar for over a century.