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Welcome to the Brussels Branch of The Royal British Legion

Dear branch members, friends and visitors to our website,

The Poppy Appeal has launched here in Belgium!  We have already been astounded at the generosity of the members of the public who have sent donations to support the charity.  This year, your support is more important than ever following a severe dip in charitable giving during COVID19.  Head to our Poppy Appeal page for all the details of this year's locations and how to get your poppy delivered to your door.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Remembrance Sunday takes place on 14 November and we warmly welcome you to CWGC Heverlee for an Act of Remembrance lead by Rev Canon John Wilkinson in the presence of the UK Ambassador to Belgium, HE Mr Martin Shearman. Wrap up warm and join us in this poignant location and resting place for 983 servicemen and women from seven nations and both world wars. 

COVID-19 measures for Remembrance Sunday 2021

Before you travel:

Check for symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell) before travelling to the event. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and get a test, even if these symptoms are mild. You should not attend if you are required to self-isolate, for example because you have had a positive test, or have been told to self-isolate.

Think about other health factors and the impact of travelling to attend. If you feel unwell but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, or your COVID-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness which could be passed on to other people (such as a cold or the flu). Staying at home until you feel better reduces the risk that you will pass on an illness to other people in the community.

At the Remembrance Service:

Our team handing out programmes / managing the entrance point will be wearing masks. The event is held outdoors in a large, very well-ventilated space, however if you find yourself in a crowded area, consider wearing your mask. Sanitiser will be available at the Poppy Appeal tables.

Please observe any guidance given by the event organisers. A risk assessment has been conducted for this event.

Looking back, a year ago the committee took to the Zoom screens to think about ways to celebrate 100 years of the RBL and raise awareness of the Brussels Branch. Steve Grant stepped forward and volunteered to organise a series of battlefield tours - aimed at promoting remembrance, connecting the branch with its Belgian roots and bringing people together.  In September, after months of COVID regulation watching, the time was finally right to safely deploy the admin instruction, packed lunches and beer money for a day exploring war history.  In quick succession, Steve's tours have taken 60 people to Ypres and then Yser for informative and fun days out.  Read more about the tours here. The success of these tours has been great to see and we are already planning locations for next year.  Keep watching for the dates and if you have any 'must-do' locations, do let Steve know. 

Taking in Tyne Cot CWGC

Stay well

Zoe 

31 Oct 2021

 

 

Want to donate to the Royal British Legion in Euros?  

You can also set up a regular donation to support the Poppy Appeal all year round.  You can download a poster of the iconic Remembrance Poppy to print here.

Every Poppy and every cent counts.  Thank you for your donation

A warm welcome to both our existing and future friends of the Brussels Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Our branch meets regularly in and around the Brussels area and has been meeting since 1922.  Join us to carry on this tradition of help and support to those who have served and their families.  Our branch is made up of both British and Belgian members and we would love to meet anybody who would like to join us. Our friendly committee team will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about membership, contact us over phone or email. 

Our main fundraising activity is the Poppy Appeal, you can read more about our 2020 appeal and the generosity of the people in Belgium here

Belgium is a particularly relevant place for an organisation like the Royal British Legion and our members often join commemorative walks or parades across the country, taking time to remember the sacrifices of so many young men and women on Belgian soil.  Look up what's coming up in the diary here.   

About the Royal British Legion

We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. 

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If you wish to contact us or to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, please email Zoe White at zoezoew@hotmail.com

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