Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. The Legion was founded in 1921, at the Queen’s Hall, London, to give practical help and companionship to ex-servicemen of the First World War.
As a voice for the ex-Service community and over 450,000 members continue to ensure that this voice does not go unheard. Although the needs of ex-Service people have changed over the years, we are still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memories. British service people are in action around the world every day of the year. They know that if they need our support – now or in the future – the Legion is always on active duty for them.
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day we remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women and here in Thelwall’s Royal British Legion we too remember. We share this Remembrance Day with our neighbouring village of Grappenhall, where many in both communities walk from our Royal British Legion club.
The photograph above illustrates the hundreds who turn out and march to the sound of pipes and drums, which includes veterans and many other organisations such as the scouts.
The Grappenhall & Thelwall Royal British Legion holds their Remembrance service at each other’s churches (Thelwall and Grappenhall) which we rotate annually. The commemoration begins at 10am on Remembrance Sunday, leading up to the two minutes silence at 11am. This is followed by a the procession to the cenotaph in Thelwall for the laying of the poppy wreaths, the sound of the Last Post and another minutes silence.
After the Services, the parade marches back to the Grappenhall & Thelwall Royal British Legion where all those who participated in the parade and many who wish to share this day are welcomed to the clubhouse for food and refreshments and the continued commemorations.