Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride: 1 July 2017

Following an invitation by Sue Merry of the Royal British Legion Riders (RBLR), shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch attended the annual Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride (AMRR) service at the American War Cemetery, Madingley, Cambs, on Sunday 1st July 2017.

The Riders Branch of the RBL has carried out the annual AMRR to Madingley American Cemetery for the last 8 years. The ride sees as many as 400 motorcycles taking part in the event riding from Cambridge Services to the cemetery for a service of Remembrance, fully supported by a team of police motorcyclists.

American War Cemetery Madingley

Shipmates Karl Webb, Graham Murray, and Hilary Meers-Webb arrived early in order to have a quick tour of the cemetery.

As well as Armed Forces veterans from the UK, members of the US Armed Forces were also present alongside bikers and guests — some dressed in uniforms from the Second World War.

Preparing for the Service

S/M Karl Webb brought the Branch Standard and was joined by Standard Bearers from the RBL and RAFA.

Awaiting the RBL Riders

As the bikers started to arrive, Standard Bearers lines the route to the entrance of the cemetery.

The RBL Riders arrive
RBL Riders

For the Service itself, this was to be conducted by the RBLR Padre, Geoff Dodgeson, who also enlisted the help of S/M Hilary Meers-Webb to read the Act of Remembrance.

S/M Hilary Meers-Webb reading the Act of Remembrance

At the Last Post, Standards were lowered in the usual mark of respect as all attending fell silent in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives during conflicts throughout the world.

RNA, RBL and RAFA Standards
The Last Post

On completion, all those attending had time to chat whilst the Standard Bearers grabbed a chance for a group photograph.

S/Ms Karl and Hilary Webb with S/M Graham Murray
Standard Bearers

The service was a great success, a time for all to reflect on the perils of war and the comradeship formed with Allied Forces during the Second World War and beyond.

Due to the numbers involved, the Service was also covered by Forces TV, please click this link to view.

BZ to all that took part, certainly a day to remember.

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