Royal British Legion marks 100 years

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Rye Sussex RBL 100 - Torch Relay

The Royal British Legion celebrates its centenary this year and to mark the occasion, the Legion will transport a torch of remembrance across Sussex between August 23-28.

At each location the torch will be passed from a military veteran (in Rye – President Rye RBL) to a young person (Rye Sea Cadet) to signify the passing of remembrance from one generation to the next. It is important to the Legion that the act of remembrance keeps going forward for the next 100 years.

Rye has the privilege of starting the relay and sending the torch on its way from St Mary’s parish church in Rye at 11am (seated by 10:45am) on Monday August 23. It will finish in St Anne’s church, the Witterings at 3pm on Saturday August 28. The torch will travel via Robertsbridge, Polegate, Hailsham, Seaford, East Grinstead, Horsham, Storrington and Shoreham.

The Legion believes that it is important for communities to come together to remember the sacrifice of those who have died or been seriously injured in the armed service of their country. This is particularly poignant at the present time as many of us reflect on the casualties of the Afghanistan conflict.

As with all gatherings in the pandemic we will ensure that the commemoration takes place in a way that does not threaten public health

We will remember them.

Image Credits: Royal British Legion , Anthony Kimber .

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