Mid and East Antrim Borough Council supported poignant Great Pilgrimage 90 commemoration

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Standard Bearers, Wreath Bearers, Branch Officers and other officials are pictured with the Mayor.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has supported a commemorative pilgrimage to the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres.

A decade after the end of The Great War, the British Legion (as it was then known) organised for veterans and war widows to visit both sites before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 August 1928.

Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion representatives recreated the 1928 Battlefields Pilgrimage and visited the same battlefields.

They paraded their branch standard and a wreath along the same route to the Menin Gate for the One Hundred Days ceremony to commemorate the last 100 days of World War One and represented an entire generation that served while defending their country.

Branches from Mid and East Antrim were hosted by the borough’s first citizen, at a special reception in The Braid, Ballymena. Branches from Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, Whitehead, Broughshane and Cullybackey were all represented.

 

 

 

 

 

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