Fort William commemorate RBLS centenary

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Fort William and District Branch marked the 100th anniversary of Royal British Legion Scotland at 11am on Friday June 18, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial on The Parade.

Bruce James lays the wreath at the War Memorial. Photograph: iain Ferguson, alba.photos

More than 100 wreaths were laid across Scotland simultaneously by Legion branches and members of the general public.

On that day in 1921 at 11am at St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh, the first Unity Conference was held. A collaboration of likeminded ex-service organisations guided by the passion and drive of our Founder Field Marshall Earl Haig. Earl Haig had worked tirelessly since the end of the War to ensure those who survived and fought to re establish themselves in civilian life were welcomed back and provided with the support they needed.

The British Legion was born and began vital work required in the aftermath of the First World War, work which has continued for 100 years.

A few members of the Fort William Branch of Legion Scotland gathered at the Fort William War Memorial last Friday for the first event in a year long celebration to mark the organisation’s 100th birthday. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

The Fort William wreath was laid by Bruce James with vice-chairman James Porter carrying out the duties of Standard Bearer.

Friday’s ceremony was the beginning of a programme of events to celebrate the centenary (Covid permitting). Visit www.legionscotland.org.uk for more information.