12th Dec, 2019

Alcester Royal British Legion will travel to World War l battlefields

Harry Leach 19th Jul, 2018

MEMBERS of the Royal British Legion will be representing Alcester as they travel to World War l battlefields to recreate the 1928 pilgrimage.

Alcester Legion members – Mike Clark and Nick Dearling – will travel to Europe for the ‘Great Pilgrimage 90’.

The event will mark 90 years since the original British Legion Pilgrimage which was organised for veterans and war widows to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres.

In August they will recreate those scenes for thousands of Legion members and in the process represent an entire generation that served while defending their country.

Mike Gittus, Chairman of the Alcester Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It has been 90 years since we visited the battlefields.

“The Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for our Legion family to join together and carry our standards along that same route, in an act of remembrance.

“The Alcester Branch will proudly represent our local community at the event.”

As local champions of remembrance, the Alcester 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.

It will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August.

Thousands are expected to attend the pilgrimage which culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations.

The pilgrimage takes place between August 5-9.

Visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/what-we-remember/great-pilgrimage-90-for-members/ for more information.

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