By Tony Potter, Chairman, Royal British Legion
Two Volunteers Sought to Represent Our Community
From 5-9 August 2018 members from communities across the country and beyond will come together for the largest ever Royal British Legion remembrance tour of The Somme and the Ypres Salient. We need two volunteers to go there and represent our community and the sacrifice it made in the First World War.
Ten years after the end of the war, veterans and widows visited the battlefields of The Somme and the Ypres Salient. In this year that marks the centenary of the end of the conflict, 90 years after that pilgrimage, Legion members will travel the same route, culminating in a parade and service to mark the start of the 'Last 100 Days Offensive', which led to the signing of the Armistice. On 8 August 2018, Standard Bearers will represent the communities of the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as countries from across the globe, while wreaths bearing a Remembrance message will also be carried. This unique Remembrance-focused event will include two days of battlefield tours.
Your local Branch of the Royal British Legion has already raised £600 with generous donations from the Parish Council, the Curry Rivel News and 'Bristow Electrical'. Each of our two representatives will pay £200 to participate in this great event, which will cover the cost of transport, accommodation and meals, as well a professionally guided tour of the battlefields.
We urgently need two people from the community to represent us. You do not have to be a member of the Royal British Legion and you can be any age from 18+, provided that you are fit enough to march past at a parade in Ypres and lay a wreath on behalf of us all.
Interested? Do you want to know more? Then please contact me – Tony Potter – on 01458 251280, as a matter of urgency.