Great Pilgrimage 90

The Royal British Legion is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields for thousands of Legion members.

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    France and Belgium

Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90) will be the Legion’s biggest membership event in our history. A tour to WW1 battlefields and cemeteries will mark 90 years since the Great Pilgrimage.

A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 August 1928.

On 8 August 2018, two representatives from every branch and county or their local community will carry their standards along the same route in Ypres to the Menin Gate, representing an entire generation that served while defending their country.

What's happening?

Over two days, attendees will visit battlefield memorial sites, trenches and cemeteries. On 8 August, attendees will take part in a parade to the Menin Gate, where a wreath from each branch will be placed on the memorial. A march past will then take place, observed by civic and military guests from the UK, Europe and Commonwealth countries.

Following the service, members will join spectators in the Great Square for an afternoon of comradeship with exhibitions and musical performances.

Attendees will travel to and from the tour in coaches from one of 200 pick-up locations across the UK. On the journey, a battlefield tour guide will talk about GP90 and the wider work of the Legion today.

The cost per branch is £1,000 (non-refundable) to cover all transport, food, accommodation and travel insurance costs.

In addition, for those who aren’t chosen for the main tour and march, a parallel tour will be available.

Why take part?

This event is a great opportunity for branches to work with their local communities to raise the profile of the branch, inspire the commitment of our current membership and encourage the recruitment of others. An event of this scale also provides a platform to create awareness of the Legion’s contemporary work.

Find out more

For information such as detailed itinerary and FAQs, please download our GP90 guide. For further information, please contact your local area office – see the GP90 guide for details.

Image credit: © Imperial War Museums (Q 47901) 

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