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Wreaths laid to mark 100th anniversary of the British Legion

Wreaths laid to mark 100th anniversary of the British Legion

by Danielle Thompson (May 2021)

WREATHS were  laid at Formby War Memorial and at Duke Street Cemetery in Southport to mark the 100th anniversary of the British Legion.

On April 15, 1921 at 9am four organisations joined together to form the British Legion: the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers; the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers; the Comrades of the Great War and the Officers Association.

At the Whitehall Cenotaph on that day, four people representing those organisations laid wreaths to commemorate the formation of the British Legion.

On April 15, 2021, one hundred years later at 9am the ceremony was repeated at the Cenotaph. Legion Branches all over the country also commemorated the event.

Formby Branch held a short ceremony at Formby War Memorial. Those who attended included Branch Vice Chairman Jenny Clarke. The Exhortation was given by Formby Branch President Barbara Butterwic, who also laid the wreath for Formby Branch. Joan Barton laid the wreath for Formby Women’s Section and the Kohima Epitaph was given by Michelle Miller the Vice Chairman of the Women’s Section. Branch Chairman and Standard Bearer, Ken Ward, carried the standard at the proceedings.

The  date was also marked by Southport branch chairman Colin Hughes  and  branch standard bearer, Jason Keen, at Duke Street Cemetery, who also laid a wreath at the memorial.

 A spokesperson for the Southport branch said: “We are  looking for new members of all ages to join our organisation.  We are keen to have the local youth as well as schools involved in RBL activities.

“Our aim is to help local veterans and their families who are in need of help or advice. You do not need to have a connection to military to become a member. Call the branch on 01704 546064.”

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