Welcome to the Antwerp Branch of The Royal British Legion
A word from your Branch President
First and foremost let me wish you all a happy and more importantly a healthy 2018.
2018 marks the 100 years of the end of WW1. There will be many Ceremonies both in Belgium & France.
The Royal British Legion will be having its own Ceremony in August this is called “GP 90” This is a reenactment of August 1928 when Lord Haig took 11000 Ex-service Men & Women back to the battlefields on France & Belgium to visit the graves of those that fell in the war.
It takes place from 5th – 9th August and at the moment 1150 Branches have signed up, this includes The Standard and a Branch Delegate. Antwerp will be participating. On the 8th August is the main Parade in Ieper followed by day long celebrations. All members are welcome to view the Parade from the Grote Markt, indeed members of the Public are also welcome. Remember this is a once in a life time opportunity you should not miss. You can find out more on the website: GP 90 Royal British Legion.
Last year The RBL introduced “ Veterans Gateway” a first point of contact for Ex-service people and Families who need support. / Veterans gateway Royal British Legion. You can access this from anywhere in the worid.
This year the Branch will be sending three members of the Committee/Standard Bearer to the Annual Conference in Belfast.
Our very existence as an organization is to help those who have served us and the very fitting logo of The Legion “LIVE ON; TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIVING”, is apt and to the point.
The work The Legion does is two-fold: firstly, helping ex-service personnel return to some kind of normality, many now as then with life changing Injuries and secondly, remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Antwerp branch has an enthusiastic team of Standard Bearers led by the Vice- Chairman thus ensuring a much appreciated presence at multiple events throughout the year.
The Poppy Appeal has attracted some younger people which is very gratifying and in November again we were out there on the Meir for our annual Poppy sale.
Welfare : a dedicated team regularly visit widows and widowers as well as members in hospital and all those in need. Many welcome the support. Anyone who’d like to give of their time, don’t be shy, call the new Help Line for information.Details in the newsletter.
The newsletter will continue to keep members up-to-date with committee and branch activities. Members are reminded that any input or suggestions is more than welcome. Also, receiving the newsletter online helps to reduce distribution costs. If you have internet access please let the Newsletter Editor know.
The ever popular lunches are a good occasion for members to meet. Please continue to support these excellent branch social functions.
And last but not least, let me say again that our membership is made up of people sympathetic to our aims as well as ex-service men and women of all ranks.