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Great Pilgrimage 90

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On the 8th August in Ypres thousands of Royal British Legion members and representatives took part in the GP90 parade and One Hundred Day ceremony at the Menin Gate. 

Following the same route as those who embarked on the Great Pilgrimage of 1928, over a thousand RBL Standards were paraded - representing communities all over the UK and overseas in commemorating the last 100 days of World War 1. 

Six members of the Dawlish branch were among those who took part, as well as representing the town, the Dawlish party also took along wreaths on behalf of neighbouring branches at Starcross and Teignmouth. 

Their five-day trip to France and Belgium took them to the War Grave Commission's Menin Gate memorial in Ypres. 

Chairman Alec Fewings, who attended, said "We visited many war grave sites and memorials as did the families in 1928, and on August 8 we all marched through Ypres to the Menin Gate. Leading the parade was the Royal Marines Band Scotland followed by 1360 standards and wreath layers." 

He continued "The town was packed with a cheering crowd and it took about 30 minutes for the parade to pass any one point. It was a very long day but a great honour to be able to attend." 

 

We have added some photos to our photo gallery courtesy of the Royal British Legion Facebook page. 

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