A special forged metal wreath, named the Wreath of Respect, has been commissioned by the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion and is being taken on a seven day tour of England, Wales, Scotland and the Isle of Man by motorcycle. It will depart at 11am from the National Arboretum, Staffordshire on Saturday 16th August with the Allied Air Forces Memorial at the Yorkshire Air Museum being its first overnight stop.
The Museum has organised a Commemoration Service to welcome the wreath, and this will take place at 18:15pm on Saturday 16th August in the Memorial Chapel at the Museum. We have received support from York RAF Association; York Royal British Legion and the Women’s Section RBL, who are all sending Standards and Branch representatives. The Service will be conducted by the Museum’s Honorary Chaplain, the Revd. Charles “Taff” Morgan, himself a former RAF navigator on Tornado front-line jet aircraft.
The purpose of the Wreath of Respect is to give thanks to all the nation’s service personnel over the past 100 years, from the Great War to the present day, particularly those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. It also gives us a chance to remember and give thanks for those that were left behind – the families and loved ones. (See link below:)
The Museum Chapel and Memorial Gardens will remain open for this event and we welcome those who wish to come to see the Wreath and join us in a few moments of reflection and Remembrance. There will be no admission charge, as exhibits will be closed, but a collection will be taken after the Service in support of the Allied Air Forces Memorial.
The Wreath of Respect will continue its journey the following day, departing the Museum Memorial at 8am to travel to Glasgow. On its return to the National Arboretum the following Sunday, the Wreath of Respect will be Laid Up in an official ceremony.