Welcome to the Market Harborough Branch of The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is recognised as the national custodian of Remembrance.
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
Market Harborough Branch has for many years undertaken responsibility for organising the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at St Dionysius Church followed by wreath layingat the War Memorial in the Square.
On Armistice Day we hold a short wreath laying ceremony at a memorial in Welland Park, prior to the main event by the Gates of the Memorial Gardens. Again, organised by the Branch but supported by RNA and RAFA members, the ceremony includes the Act of Homage, two Minutes Silence, a brief service and wreath laying.
Since 2000, Branch members create a Garden of Remembrance during Remembrance week. White wooden crosses, each 45cm tall and bearing a name corresponding to one on the town War Memorials are set up on the lawns in military cemetery formation. The plot for WW1 has 254 crosses and that for WW2, 72 crosses. There is a Sunset ceremony in the garden with Bugler and, when available, a Piper leading the Branch and other Standard Bearers. The Union Flag is lowered on the Flagpole during a 2 minutes silence.
It is a source of satisfaction and pride for the Branch members involved to see that the Sunday and the main 11-11-11 events are very well supported by the general public and that the Garden is so greatly appreciated,
View our Events pages for details of this and past year's Remembrance events.