Great Pilgrimage 90

In 2018, thousands of members and representatives helped The Royal British Legion recreate the 1928 Battlefields Pilgrimage to mark the centenary of the launch of the ‘Hundred Days Offensive’.

A decade after the end of WW1, the British Legion (as it was then known) organised for 11,000 veterans and war widows to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 August 1928.

In 2018, exactly 90 years on, Great Pilgrimage 90 saw 1,150 branches and thousands of members and representatives from the UK and abroad help The Royal British Legion recreate their original pilgrimage.

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One of the Legion’s biggest membership events in modern history, it included two days of visits to WW1 battlefields and cemeteries.  

Then on 8 August 2018, members and representatives paraded through Ypres to the Menin Gate with their Standards and wreaths for the One Hundred Days ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the launch of the ‘Hundred Days Offensive’. They represented their communities and an entire generation that served while defending their country.

Watch the Pathè film of the British Legion 1928 Battlefields Pilgrimage here.

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