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Commemoration Parade of the Battle of Messines Ridge

The City of Armagh Branch of The Royal British Legion will be hosting a Centenary Parade and Service of Commemoration of The Battle of Messines Ridge which will take place at the War Memorial, Armagh on Sunday 11th June 2017.  This Service of Commemoration has the endorsement and full support of the Royal British Legion, Northern Ireland District and the WW1 Committee and will be the Keynote Event in Northern Ireland for 2017.

An invitation is extended to all branches of the RBL in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Districts, their Members and Branch Standards to take part in this Parade and Service.

Those parading are asked to assemble at Dobbin Street car park, Armagh at 3pm for March-Off at 3.25pm through Armagh town centre to the War Memorial for the Service at 4pm.  There is no Return Parade.  Anyone attending the Service only are requested to be in place no later than 3.45pm.

A Memorial Seat will be unveiled during this Service in memory of the sacrifice of those who died in this battle.  The NI Military Wives Choir willl take part in this Service.  We have been granted permission to display the Ginchy Cross in Armagh at the War Memorial.  The two Primates of All Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishp Eamon Martin will be Officiating Clergy.

Please confirm if your Standard Bearer will be attending and approximate numbers of members for catering purposes.  Catering will be available in our Branch and Club premises after the Service.

Please reply to: The Royal British Legion, 12/14 Dobbin Street, Armagh, Co Armagh BT61 7QQ or e-mail at

David Hammerton - President



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