Le­gion keen to be part of pil­grim­age

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Dear Ed­i­tor

The Blair­gowrie Branch of Le­gion Scot­land or­gan­ised the col­lec­tion for Pop­pyS­cot­land which raised £5,945, sig­nif­i­cantly more than in re­cent years.

Thanks are due to the street col­lec­tors and all the busi­nesses that took cans.

The Re­mem­brance events on Novem­ber 11 and 12 were seen by a large au­di­ence and it was good to have mem­bers of so many youth or­gan­i­sa­tions parad­ing on the Sun­day.

In Au­gust 2018, to com­mem­o­rate a very large pil­grim­age to the Menin Gate in Bel­gium in 1928, all Le­gion branches in the UK are be­ing asked to send one stan­dard bearer and one wreath layer to the Great Pil­grim­age 90 (GP90).

The branch has mem­bers keen to take part in this on­cein-a-life­time event. The cost of two at­tend­ing is £1,000. The branch will con­trib­ute part of this cost but be­lieves that there will be oth­ers will wish to do­nate as well.

Do­na­tions at the branch to GP90 will be ac­knowl­edged with a re­ceipt and, if it is over sub­scribed, the sur­plus will be do­nated to Ser­vice char­i­ties.

It is a com­mon mis­un­der­stand­ing that mem­ber­ship of Le­gion Scot­land is only for those who have served in any of the armed forces. In fact, around 70% of the mem­bers in Blair­gowrie have never been in the forces.

For only £17 an­nu­ally all mem­bers sup­port their branch and the wider work of the Le­gion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing can pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion form at the branch on 9 Ge­orge Street.

Rtd Colonel Jim Gibb OBE TD Chair­man Blair­gowrie branch Le­gion Scot­land


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