Great Pilgrimage 90 Parade

In the biggest membership event in its history, The Royal British Legion is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields.

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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.

Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion members will recreate The 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit the same battlefields and then, on 8 August 2018, carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate, to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their country

Additionally, an organised five day battlefield tour to sites in France and Belgium, including being in the Great Square in Ypres and watching theGP90 parade event on 8th August, is being provided to the public by Leger Holidays.

The Great Pilgrimage: British Pathé

Get involved

Members of the public are welcome to watch the parade to the Menin Gate where a Remembrance service will be held. Following the service, spectators can head to the Great Square for an afternoon of exhibitions and musical performances.

Additionally, an organised tour commemorating the last 100 days of WW1 includes being spectators at the main GP90 event on 8th August. The five day tour visits battlefield sites in France and Belgium such as Ypres, Mons and Loos.

Members tour

Two representatives from every Legion branch and county or their local community are invited to attend GP90 on a special tour and carry their standards in the parade on 8 August. Registration for the official branch tour has now closed, but you can find out more about the tour on our website.

Image credit: © Imperial War Museums (Q 47901) 

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