Maria: Another fantastic day… ceremonies and wreath laying on military graves and at the Cenotaph. An emotional ceremony this morning at Colchester where the family and military were in attendance. Welcome committees, bagpipes, cake, strangers donatiing money and so many memories, emotions and just fantastic banter to mention in one post!Will miss these chaps –Continue reading “Maria writes of her Hero JOGLE Relay experience”
On to Brookwood Military Cemetery and greeted by the pipers from Gordon’s school. @herojoglerelay @helpforheroes
Brookwood is the UK’s largest CWGC cemetery and the Ring is a stunning memorial. At our visit today, we shall have the Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums with us which should make it a poignant act of remembrance for our riders. Within Surrey Help for Heroes has reached approximately 250 veterans of all ages andContinue reading “Brookwood 1945 Memorial”
Welcome aboard Mark! You picked a great day for it It begins! http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Osborne39?utm_id=124
From our superb road mechanic and support van driver Graham Great to see the outriders join our team. Looks like another day of grotty weather
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) established that the last recognised First World War casualties would be those people who died on the 31st August 1921, almost three years after the guns fell silent. It is the recurring tragedy of war that the pain, suffering and death does not end with the last bullet fired.Continue reading “Private W White 31/08/1921”
With 2 RAF veterans on our ride, it would extreme negligence to not go to Runnymede and pay our respects to the boys in blue. The memorial remembers 20,456 men and women of the Empire lost in operations during the Second World War. Within Surrey Help for Heroes has reached approximately 250 veterans of allContinue reading “The Air Forces Memorial – Runnymede”
Although these are rather similar to the earlier photos, we felt the event and the occasion deserved it 🙂 Firstly one that captures the whole of the Cenotaph, the Help For Heroes CEO Melanie Waters OBE who came out to join us, and all the riders for the day. And here we have Irene, toContinue reading “Day 15 – The Cenotaph again”
…a piper and a VIP!! On to the hotel!
The centre of UK remembrance since the First World War, no remembrance ride through the UK could miss this Lutyens masterpiece on Whitehall. Originally in wood for the first national commemoration it was replaced by stone and unveiled on 11th November 1920 (whilst the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was still recording deaths as due toContinue reading “The Cenotaph”
You can read the story of FO RS Draper at the link. Today we shall remember him not far from the school after which he is named. Within Essex Help for Heroes has reached approximately 600 veterans of all ages and from all conflicts. Your donations to one of our riders or to the rideContinue reading “Flying Officer Raimund Sanders Draper”
Today we are paying our respects at the grave of Corporal Paul Long was one of 6 military policemen who were murdered by an Iraqi mob in Al Majarr Al Kabir on Tuesday 24 June 2003. For more about what happened on that day, read here about the RMP 6. Within County Durham Help for Heroes hasContinue reading “Cpl Paul Long”
More from our photographer Jerry.
£10,000 so far!!!!!!!! Lavenham ceremony done. Now to Colchester and that Gurkha dinner. (and for those that know – that 2017 Arnhem ride kit has never been that warm and dry 😊)
No trip though East Anglia should miss the beautifully preserved mediaeval Lavenham. It’s beauty comes from it’s success in the days of wool, it’s preservation comes from the almost total collapse in the Lavenham blew cloth market. One of our riders suggested we pay our respects to the US Air Force in the Lavenham MarketContinue reading “The 487th Bomb Group (H) Memorial”