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West Suffolk: Airmen gather to remember their fallen military comrades

PUBLISHED: 12:39 31 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:39 31 May 2014

Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Day.

Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Day.

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Hundreds of airmen at a west Suffolk US Air Force base came together this week to mark Memorial Day.

Staff from RAF Mildenhall gathered at the Madingley American Cemetery in Cambridge for their country’s annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, with about 160 airmen participating in the ceremony along with veterans of the US military.

The 14th US Air Force Chief of Staff, retired general Merrill McPeak, told the gathered crowds: “We gather to think about the American men and women who fell in service to their country.

“Throughout the US and in cemeteries like this around the world, we put flowers and flags on grave sites and take a moment out of busy lives to pause to remember.”

Memorial Day is an annual public holiday in America, and is held on the final Monday of May each year. It dates back to the American Civil War.

Snow could fall in parts of Suffolk this morning as temperatures are set to drop overnight.

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

Police are searching for a 52-year-old man from Leavenheath who has been reported missing.

Police and firefighters were called to a suspected arson attack in Carlton Colville in the early hours of this morning.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Kebab fans will be excited to hear a new fast food outlet that prides itself on making top quality versions of the takeaway staple is opening in Ipswich soon.

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