Dear Association Members,
This note came through from the British Legion late last week.
Reading between the lines I take it that associations who muster less than 6 veterans will have to assemble in the ‘general’ pool at the top of Whitehall near Trafalgar square as opposed to on Horse Guards.
If we decide to do this again this year I’d expect a slightly more rigorous process for determining who are Vets.
Dear Andrew Myers
At the beginning of the year we wrote to ask for your support as the Legion sought to review the participation in the annual Cenotaph Dispersal.
May I therefore begin by thanking all of those that took the time to complete the questionnaire; your input has proved hugely valuable in terms of helping us to develop a coherent way forward.
You will be aware that the Legion has been responsible since 1927 with organising the Veterans’ March and that over time, and primarily because of legacy attendance, many veterans are now unable to participate. The Legion has consulted with all the principal veteran groups as well as other key stakeholders to ensure that our findings and subsequent decisions are broadly fair.
Following our review and with the needs of the veteran community paramount in our method, several clear resolutions have developed.
Once the application process for the 2019 Veteran March is complete, there may well be a requirement to adjust the allocation of contingents to achieve balance, as per previous years. Please accept that for some, this may be an emotive issue but there is an obvious logic in achieving a broad balance of numbers in each contingent given the changes implemented because of the review.
Bob Gamble OBE
Assistant Director for Commemorative Events
Royal British Legion
Registered Charity Number: 219279.
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