THE GREAT PILGRIMAGE 90 (GP90)
In 1928, 10 years after the end of the Great War, the British Legion (not Royal at this time) arranged for veterans and widows to visit the wartime battlefields of the Somme and Ypres Salient, Walking for miles between each; every site the scene of sacrifice of a scale never seen before. On 8th August 1928 the original pilgrims marched in solemn silence to the Menin Gate in Ypres, under the watchful gaze of the Legion's patron, the Prince of Wales, to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the 'Last 100 days Offensive' which, later that year, led to the signing of the Armistice.
The Royal British Legion are re-enacting these events by asking Branches to send a Standard Bearer and wreath layer to represent their Parishes and communities to re-member the fallen and injured and, especially, those on their local memorial. The local school children will be asked to design a remembrance message to be attached to the wreath.
In August our secretary and treasurer will be going to represent the Parish, and where possible will place poppy crosses on known graves of those named on our memorial in All Saints' Churchyard.