Wilton branch Royal British Legion members join thousands on a Pilgrimage of Remembrance to a World War One battlefield and to take part in a parade and ceremony in Ypres.
The pilgrimage is part of First World War centenary commemorations. The RBL event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), between August 5 and 9, is one of the largest in the charity’s history.
GP90 marks 90 years since the original RBL Pilgrimage in 1928, when, a decade after the conflict ended, 11,000 WW1 veterans and war widows visited the Somme battlefields.
The pilgrimage ended in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony commemorating the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive, and in remembrance of those who never returned.
Wilton RBL members, standard-bearer Lee Glyde and Wilton Mayor Peter Edge represent the branch and the local community at the event.
Cllrs Glyde and Edge will re-enact the pilgrimage on August 8, bearing the branch standard and a wreath. They join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe taking part. At the Menin Gate, the mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the Wilton community.
Cllr Glyde said: “The branch looks forward to proudly representing the community at the event. We thank the town council, Rotary Club of Wilton, and Chris White funeral directors for help raising the funds for the trip.”
Cllr Edge added: “I am humbled to represent the town council as the chairman was unavailable to attend. This is a special trip and we will document our journey along the way.”