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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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 to cover all transport, food, accommodation and travel insurance costs.

Registration for the official branch tour is now closed. For those that are not selected for the branch tour including the parade, a public tour is available* to enable you to watch the parade or you can make your own way to Ypres to spectate. 

Find out more

For branches that are registered for GP90, more information will be distributed over the next few months by both The Legion and Leger Holidays.

For any enquiries, please contact your local area office or email gp90@britishlegion.org.uk

Image credit: © Imperial War Museums (Q 47901) 

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