Vet­er­ans join Le­gion in act of re­mem­brance at din­ner

Aldershot News & Mail - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SER­VICE vet­er­ans were present as the Alder­shot branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (RBL) com­mem­o­rated 100 years since the begin­ning of the First World War with a mess din­ner at the gar­ri­son.

The meal, on Satur­day July 19, was at­tended by 81 mem­bers, sup­port­ers and friends of the branch, in­clud­ing the mayor of Rush­moor, Cllr Diane Bed­ford.

The Alder­shot Mil­i­tary Wives Choir per­formed a med­ley of songs dur­ing the evening be­fore John Smith, vice-chair­man of the Hamp­shire RBL, made a speech.

Caro­line Mills, Poppy Ap­peal or­gan­iser for Alder­shot, said: “It was bril­liant to have Nor­mandy vet­er­ans cel­e­brat­ing 70 years since D-Day, vet­er­ans from Bor­neo and the Gulf wars along­side all our Poppy Ap­peal col­lec­tors.

“It just sums up what our le­gion branch is all about as, tonight, the ages ranged from teenagers to 90-yearolds, all re­mem­ber­ing the sac­ri­fice of oth­ers.”

Nor­mandy vet­eran Eric Miles joined other vet­er­ans and guests at Alder­shot Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s First World War cen­te­nary din­ner ear­lier this month.

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