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Geordiemuppet

The VC Rides

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I am a member of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch www.rblr.co.uk

In the North East of England over the Centenary years of the Great War, we have organised annual rides around different parts of the North East to visit the graves and memorials of those who won the Victoria Cross during their service in the Great War. The Victoria Cross is Britain's highest award for Valour with a similar status to the Medal of Honour.

For 2017, we are planning to travel to Belgium at Easter and organise our VC ride around the battlefields and Commonwealth war grave cemeteries around Ypres to commemorate holders of the Victoria Cross who fell in battle and are buried on Belgian soil. This includes Capt. Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar, MC, MID, Royal Army Medical Corps who was one of only three people to win the Victoria Cross twice and is buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery. We will also visit the German Military Cemetery at Langemark which is very different to the Commonwealth War Graves and quite a moving place. We have also been in touch with the Last Post Association and we will be leading the service and laying a wreath at the Menin Gate on 15th April 2017. This service takes place every evening at 2000 and has done so continuously since 2nd July 1928 with the exception of the period of Nazi occupation during WWII.

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jobe05

It's a great tribute that you and your team do Paul

 

Our fallen soldiers around the world should never be forgotten.

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Geordiemuppet

At our weekly bike night last night, we had a visitor - George Skipper a 94 year old D Day Veteran and recipient of the Legion D'Honnuer. We gave him a lift home on Chris' trike. It took two of us to get him on and off, but he had a good evening and set the neighbours curtains twitching when we dropped him off.

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beenshot

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Geordiemuppet

I might sound very passionate about this, but that is because I am!

 

It is something that can be done anywhere to remember our heroes (and all heroes - our enemies for the most part were ordinary men who answered the call of their country) and the sacrifice they made. We choose to visit the graves of the VCs because of the sheer magnitude of the losses in the Geat War - the Menin Gate bears the names of 54,395 Commonwealth soldiers who were reported missing and have no known grave as a result of the battles around the Ypres Salient during the Great War. The Memorial to the Missing at nearby Tynecot cemetery bears another 34,984 names. That's some 90,000 men who were not buried - the fields in this area are littered with Commonwealth war graves where men whose names are known are buried by the thousand. Think about that for a minute or two.

 


All the veterans from WWI are gone.

most of the veterans from WWII are gone.

Vietnam - a most unpopular war in the US, but the conscripts went and they did their duty. Several conflicts for the UK over the years.

 

We must not let our children lose the memory of the sacrifice our fathers and grandfathers (and some of us and our friends) made.

 

For the Fallen.

 

They shall not grow old

As we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them

Nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

We will remember them.

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jobe05

My son Tim is in the Civil Air Patrol and the one thing that he really looks forward to every year is the Wreath laying ceremonies that they do at different memorial sites around the state.  He keeps his Grandfather's WWII uniforms in his closet........ 

 

I am very proud of my Tim!

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Flyone

Paul, we should never forget no matter what country we live in.

 

I appreciate your passion!

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