Armed Forces Thank You Activities
The Armed Forces have been a big part of our Thank You movement. Here are a few activities they have been involved with over the last few months.
- Gallipoli Gallop: On 21 April 6 serving personnel sped walked 30.5km in 6 hours on the Gallipoli coast, taking in 14 CWGC war graves sites and the UK main landing area (Helles Memorial). They carried with them the UKAF and senior teams’ match ball for Army v Navy. At each CWGC a wreath or remembrance cross was laid. A symbolic handover was also held just before the game at the Rose & Poppy Gates.
- Army Rugby Union & RN Rugby Union: The Royal British Legion was charity of choice at the Army vs Navy Rugby match in May. This match was used as a vehicle to highlight the ‘Thank You’ movement, and the Thank You mood film was played along with a page on Thank You in the programme.
- Army Sports Control Board: In May, the Army Sports Control Board celebrated their centenary and highlighted the Thank You campaign at their Festival of Sport.
- RAF Mountaineering: RAFMA members participating at the RAF Climbing Camps in May commemorated those who died during WW1 through Everyone remembered. The article below featured in ‘RAF Active’ (the RAF Sports magazine).
- RNCC: HMS Culdrose vs HMS Queen Elizabeth cricket match at HMS Temeraire in July. All teams in RN Cup competition are being encouraged to commemorate someone on ‘Everyone Remembered’.
- Steve from the Royal Navy commemorating his great uncle: ‘Family legend has it that he was too young to serve during world war one but he lied about his age and signed up anyway. He was too old for world war two, but lied about his age and signed up again.’
- Lt Cdr B J Smith RN / Commanding Officer HMS VICTORY: ‘What resonates with the current generation whether veterans or civilian is the sheer scale of the sacrifice and the youth of the fallen. We lost a generation in order to preserve the way life. The current generation owe the freedom they now enjoy to that generation and their children who served in ww2.’
- Carl from Gray-Nicolls: ‘Thank you is a great movement that should resonate with grassroots. What today’s generation have, is down to the sacrifices made by the generation of ww1.’
- Army Rugby League: Army Corps level Rugby League tournament. Thank you and Everyone remembered details were promulgated through the Admin order that went to each person. On the day each team posed with a flag and this was tweeted out in support of Thank You and Every One Remembered by the Army Rugby League. They were also highlighted in the speech at prize giving.
- RAFCA & RAFTri: Two RAF cyclists took part in Pedal to Paris as Ride Captains. This is the second year this has taken place.
- RAFCA: Two RAF cyclists rode from Lands’ End to John O’Groats which is 925miles in 8 days, whilst fundraising for The Royal British Legion.
- Himalayan Venture: In September teams 1, 3 and alpine team visited the Commonwealth war graves in Kathmandu. Where they remembered former RAFMA members SAC Graham Sorby, Rita Scholtens and Ted Atkins. They lay a wreath in their memory and all others lost in the pursuit of mountaineering.