Jon Salmon and Crawford Butler will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90
5-9th August 2018
Members of the Horsham branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield, that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres, as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August.
The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between August 5 and 9, and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.
GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928, which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.
That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive, and in remembrance of those who never returned.
Local Legion members, Jon Salmon and Crawford Butler will represent the Horsham Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively.
Jon and Crawford 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 August 8, bearing their branch standard and a wreath.
They 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, Crawford will lay a wreath on behalf of the Horsham community.
Eve White, Secretary of the Horsham Branch of The Royal British Legion, commented: “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. Our branch looks forward to proudly representing Horsham District at the event.”
As local champions of Remembrance, the Horsham 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.
If you want to find out more about GP90 or your local Royal British Legion branch, then please contact Eve White at Horsham.Secretary@rbl.communit
y or call 07504 206413.