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14 November 2016

A day of commemoration and cooperation on Saturday.

.Fans of Colchester United and Leyton Orient remembered the fallen on Saturday in an impeccably observed minute's silence at the weekend match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Parachute Regiment Band bugler Corporal Steve Duncombe signalled the start of the silence ahead of kick-off on Saturday on a day of commemoration.

The match saw the U's welcome members of the local regiment to their latest home game and the club were also privileged to host Colchester Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ciaran Griffin OBE and his family at the match.

Lieutenant Colonel Griffin joined club director Kevin Bull pitchside to affirm the U's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

As part of the club's support to the Covenant, we have agreed to:-

- continue to offer a Forces discount for match tickets to current serving personnel and those with a discharge letter 

- work with local regiments to put on activities and events to make soldiers and their families deployed in the town welcome as an integral part of their new community

- make both serving and former soldiers aware of employment opportunities at the club where relevant

At half time, we also welcomed the Essex ACF Corp of Drums band for a performance, whilst we also had a military vehicle display outside of the stadium prior to the game.

We would like to thank fans of both sides for their perfect observance of the silence prior to kick-off.
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