About the Legion
08 November 2012
Nearly 10,000 veterans will gather at The Cenotaph on Whitehall on Sunday 11 November 2012, to take part in the Remembrance Sunday March Past, organised by The Royal British Legion, the National Custodian of Remembrance.
Among those organisations taking part in the March Past, nine are new for 2012 - they are; the Fleet Air Arm Junglie Association; Association of Royal Yachtsmen; Broadsword Association; British Veterans Group; Mercian Regiment Association; Royal Scots Dragoon Guards; 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Association; Royal Air Force Butterworth & Penang Association and the Munitions Workers Association. The full list is available here.
The March Past will be led by The Royal British Legion's Board of Trustees and the National Chairman, John Farmer. The lead 'column' this year, will be headed by the Royal Naval Association.
John Farmer said: "I am always honoured, as National Chairman of The Royal British Legion, to lead the thousands of heroic veterans who line Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.
"Remembrance Sunday is the most important day in the Legion's calendar and it's a time to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces since the First World War right through to today. Our thoughts on Sunday will, of course, be with those men and women who are currently in Afghanistan, as well as the many men and women who have laid down their lives for the nation's freedom."
The National President of The Royal British Legion, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO who will be laying a wreath at the Cenotaph said: "This is an opportunity to remember and honour the sacrifice of those who fought and continue to fight in Service of our nation; those who do return as well as those that do not, the families and the communities that continue to carry the burden of conflict."
Vice Admiral Wilkinson commanded HM Submarines Otter, Superb and Vanguard before moving to dry land with the Nuclear Policy Directorate in the MOD and then as the Captain of the Second Submarine Squadron based in Devonport. As a Commodore he was appointed to the staff of the Second Sea Lord as Director of Naval Service Conditions.
Promoted to the Flag List in 2004, Vice Admiral Wilkinson was made Naval Secretary, responsible for the career management of 40,000 Naval Service personnel. He was then made Defence Services Secretary before a final three years in the MOD as the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel).
The parade will be broadcast by the BBC. Check local guides for details.