Armed Forces Day Parade – Saturday 30th June 2018 in Bishop’s Stortford.
This year’s Armed Forces Day Parade in Bishop’s Stortford had particular meaning as it marked the Centenary of the end of WW1 and the formation of The Royal Air Force and we hoped to make it one to remember.
The Parade participants once again did themselves and our community proud as they marched through the Town led by Parade Marshall Flt. Lt. Paul Snook o/c 1096 Sqn ATC. and 309 Sqn. ATC Cadet Band.
The Parade included local Veterans, Royal British Legion Branch and Women’s Section members and Standards along with Units from Harlow Sea Cadets, Bishop’s Stortford Detachment, Beds and Herts Army Cadet Force, and several RAF ATC Units and they were joined this year by representatives of the newly formed Hertfordshire Police Cadet Unit. One of our veterans rightly pointed out the magnificent turnout by our Cadets – they are our future and at a time when young people often get negative publicity they are a credit to themselves, their Unit leaders, and their families. Thank you all for making the Parade so memorable and to our local Police Officers for overseeing the road closures and for keeping us safe.
Wing Commander Debbie Robinson RAFAC, Essex Wing ATC, took the salute accompanied by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Mrs. Suzy Harvey and Squadron Leader John B. Robinson, President of the Bishop's Stortford Branch of The Royal British Legion.
The Parade ended at the War Memorial where a short Service of Remembrance was held by TRBL Bishop’s Stortford Branch Padre Tim Weeks and Lt. Megan Lowe, S.A. with addresses by John Robinson and Mayor Cllr. George Cutting. Refreshments were then served in the Markwell Pavilion.
The Armed Forces Day Committee of the Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone who gave their help and support in the months leading up to and on the actual day (too many to mention) and also to thank all the members of the public who came out in support of the Parade. Photos are displayed in the Photo Gallery Section.
AUGUST 2018 - GRAND PILGRIMAGE 90 (GP90)
A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 August 1928. The Menin Gate was unveiled on 24 July 1927 and commemorates those soldiers who have no known grave.
Exactly 90 years later on 8 August 2018 thousands of Legion members will carry their Standards along the same route to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and to represent an entire generation that served while defending their country. The march past will be observed by civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Europe. Each branch attending will deliver a wreath containing a Remembrance message or messages ideally written by their community as part of the parade. The wreaths will be collected and subsequently built into a display within the Commonwealth War Graves Commission grounds that surround the memorial for later viewing by the general public.
The Last Post Association, the body founded in 1928 that began the Last Post Ceremony and is still responsible for the daily commemoration at the memorial, will lead the commemorative service and wreath laying by VIPs at the Menin Gate. Except during the occupation by the
Germans in WW2 when the daily ceremony took place at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, the Last Post Ceremony has been conducted uninterrupted since 2 July 1928. The event will be shown on large screens in the Great Square. Following the parade, all those who participated will join the spectators in the Great Square to take part in an afternoon of comradeship and entertainment.
The Bishop’s Stortford Branch of the Royal British Legion will be sending their Standard bearer and a wreath bearer to attend this historic event which will be broadcast throughout the world.
11TH NOVEMBER 2018 BISHOP'S STORTFORD COMMEMORATION EVENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON.
11TH NOVEMBER COMMEMORATION EVENT IN VILLIERS-SUR-MARNE - 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
TRBL Bishop’s Stortford Branch have received an invitation via the Town Twinning Association for one or two representatives of The Royal British Legion to attend commemoration events at Villiers Sur Marne on 11th November 2018 to celebrate the end of WW1. We are pleased to report that two of our local Veterans will be attending this event to represent Bishop's Stortford Branch.
FREE TRIPS FOR NORMANDY VETERANS AND WAR WIDOWS
Normandy veterans are entitled to a free tour to the Normandy Beaches, funded by Libor bank fines and Remembrance Travel is an approved organiser. Fully funded for Normandy Veterans and two carers / family members (3 passengers maximum), the tours encompass a five day personalised journey led by an experienced tour guide and accompanied by a qualified medic. Tours are organised monthly. To register your interest to reserve a place and for more information please call 01473 660 800 or visit the Remembrance Travel website.
Any war widow or widower who has lost a spouse during overseas military service between 1914 and 1967 is eligible to make use of a government-sponsored scheme, administered by Remembrance Travel. This involves visiting the grave of a husband or wife, providing you have not done so at public expense previously. Remembrance Travel has already helped 4,000 widows and widowers in such a way.
Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the scheme, along with the cost of a carer and accommodation within the UK.
Those wishing to make a return trip can also make arrangements through Remembrance Travel at their own cost.
For further information, telephone 020 3207 2321 or visit the Remembrance Travel website.