Veterans join Legion in act of remembrance at dinner
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.