Knoll Royal Legion members head to WW1 commemorations
of the Brent Knoll branch of The Royal British Legion are to join
thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to a World War One battlefield
that will culminate in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of
the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this month.
Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90),
takes place between August 5th-9th and will be one of the largest
in the charitys history.
will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage
in 1928, which saw 11,000 WW1 veterans and war widows visit the
battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade
after the conflict ended.
Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth
War Grave Commissions Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to
commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance
of those who never returned.
Legion members, Standard Bearer Rod Southwell and wreath layer Mike
Ham, will represent the Brent Knoll branch and the local community
at the event.
and Mike will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries
visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage before marching along the
original route through Ypres to the Menin Gate on the 8th August,
bearing their branch standard and a wreath.
will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries,
including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and
Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate, Mike
will lay a wreath on behalf of the local community.
Russell, Chairman of the Brent Knoll branch of The Royal British
Legion, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Great Pilgrimage 90 is a
unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and
bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years
earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War. The Brent
Knoll branch looks forward to proudly representing the area at the
Brent Knoll Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking to work
in partnership with their community to bring their unique Remembrance
message to the Menin Gate, on their wreath, where it will be displayed
in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until
the end of August.
Brent Knoll Royal British Legion members Rod Southwell, Mike Ham,
Steve Russell and Eddy Fuller