Royal British Legion Statement on the Repatriation
route from RAF Brize Norton
"The Royal British Legion has been in close consultation with
the Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police and RAF Brize
Norton over route that fallen service personnel will take from RAF
Brize Norton to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Our views have been
taken into account in informing the route decision and we feel the
chosen route provides our members and the wider public with
opportunities to pay their respects.
"The Legion encourages its members to pay honour and respect to
those who have fallen in service to the nation. Our presence is
most visibly demonstrated by the parading of the Branch Standards,
but as the Legion is part of the local community many Legion
members will stand silently among those who gather to pay their
respects. We are however not responsible for repatriation flights
and ceremonies themselves, these are military operations.
"Oxfordshire County Council has commissioned a Memorial Garden
near RAF Brize Norton and we feel that this is an excellent
location where our members can continue their dignified tradition
of paying respects to the fallen."