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The Great Pil­grim­age 90 (GP 90), the big­gest Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (RBL) mem­ber­ship event for a gen­er­a­tion, took place at The Menin Gate at Ypres on Au­gust 8. The cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rated The Great Pil­grim­age made in 1928, 10 years af­ter the end of World War I. It also served to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the fi­nal si­lence of the guns on the Western Front in 1918 and to re­mem­ber those that never re­turned home.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a to­tal of 1,147 branches, groups and coun­ties in UK par­tic­i­pated in GP 90 in­clud­ing 36 branches from Es­sex County along with the County Stan­dard and the Women’s Sec­tion Stan­dard. One rep­re­sen­ta­tive car­ried the Stan­dard while the other car­ried a wreath con­tain­ing a re­mem­brance mes­sage from their com­mu­nity or lo­cal school. The re­mem­brance wreaths were col­lected as the pa­rade marched to The Menin Gate and were sub­se­quently built into a dis­play within the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion grounds that sur­round the memo­rial.

Roger Rurgess, via email

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