SOUVIENS-TOI ... REMEMBER
Each year on 9th april we honour the memory of private George Neish and his comrades of 6th Btn Gordon Highlanders, killed during the Battle of Arras and area in 1917; the ceremony is hold in Highland Division Cemetery of Roclincourt.
Each year, at the end of April Australians & New Zealanders are coming in the Somme to commemorate the ANZAC DAY, reminding the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps, who landed in Turkey on 25 April 1915 and also took part in the battles of Picady in 1918. The ANZAC will liberate Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April 1918, a brilliant triumph in the march of the final victory six months later. 1200 will be killed or missing during that battle.
Australians, New Zealanders and Frenches celebrate at the Australian Memorial of Villers-Bretonneux and Somme cemeteries the battles and the tragic destiny of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberty of France, raising also a strong friendship betweenthemselves. Several thousands of people from "down-under" are gathering to attend the ceremonies of Villers-Bretonneux, Pozieres, Longueval and other historical sites of the Somme.
Concert at the "espace Mac Orlan" - Péronne
Thank you to Général G.Hands, Général P.Irving , Colonels Fleeton and Lalas (+) for their trust and friendship.
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery - Longueval 2015
For further information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
For further information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day
Arromanches et Omaha Beach
Since a long time the SBPB members take part in the DDay ceremonies of Remembrance in Arromanches and other cities of Normandy and they have been adopted by the British Veterans of the NVA Surrey Branch, who awarded them by the "Honorary Member" title, and also offered them the NVA banner and the NVA clothbadge . A strong and warm friendship has been built during all those years , but sadly the Veterans ranks are more and more weak every 6 June....
For further information : http://www.musee-arromanches.fr/accueil/index.php?lang=uk
Since 1989, the SBPB takes part to the 1st July remembrance ceremonies, day of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, wich human lost overpassed those of Verdun.... This day, for British people, summarizes among others the five years of this terrible conflict where the fighting will decimate the ranks of the armed presence, La Boisselle, Albert, Thiepval, Contalmaison, Longueval Fricourt, Beaumont-Hamel, Pozieres, Courcelette are always names that evoke today this disaster and suffering.
We will not forget the men who took part.
For further information : http://www.somme-battlefields.com/
LONGUEVAL 1er Juillet 2012 LA BOISSELLE
Défilé sur la grand-place de Péronne
The 29th of August is a very important date for the city of Péronne, because the town was liberated on the same day during the first & the second wars; the ceremony is hold at the Australian Memorial of Mont Saint Quentin.
For further information : http://www.historial.org/Champs-de-bataille-de-la-Somme/Circuit-du-souvenir/Le-Circuit-du-Souvenir
Since 1999 the city of Valenciennes and the Greater Manchester Army Cadets Forces invite our pipeband to attend the ceremonies of 11 November 1918; we thank them all for this great sign of honour and the high trust and friendship always stronger year after year.
For further information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_with_Germany_(Compi%C3%A8gne)
November is as well a month of remembrance for many british and canadian ceremonies, one of them takes place each year at StPol/Ternoise, in memory of a british unknown soldier, and in the presence of French souvenir and Royal British Legion representatives :
St Pol/Ternoise - Stele of the Unknown Soldier.