Ride to the Wall
Saturday 3rd October will see the eighth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event take place, with many thousands of motorcyclists from around the country making a pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Ride to the Wall is the only event of its kind in the country that gives motorcyclists the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces with a dedicated service of Remembrance. It also raises considerable funds for the National Memorial Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion and provides a permanent home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial.
Riders will attend from all corners of the UK as well as continental Europe, either as individuals or in clubs or groups.
From 08.30am on 3rd October motorcyclists will leave one of the 11 designated start points to ride to the Arboretum. There will be plenty of entertainment at the Arboretum during the day, including performances from the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – the White Helmets, music from The Band and Bugles of The Rifles a Tiger Moth flypast and poppy drop along the causeway to the Memorial prior to the start of a service of Remembrance at its’ base.The walls of the Armed Forces Memorial are engraved with the names of more than 16,000 service men and women killed on duty or by terrorist action since the end of the Second World War.
Order of Events
0900 Arboretum opens to the public
1000 - 1030 Ellie Ham
1030 - 1100 Lichfield Rock Choir
1100 - 1130 White Helmets
1115 - 1130 Ellie Ham
1145 - 1230 The Band of the Rifles
1230 - 1255 Lichfield Rock Choir
1230 - 1255 Main flag bearing party arrives
1255 - 1300 Aerobatic Display
1300 - 1330 Ellie Ham
1300 - 1330 White Helmets
1310 – 1330 John Foster escorting families to view AFM
1330 - 1335 Solo performace by Gari Glaysher
1335 - 1350 The Band of the Rifles
1335 - 1350 Tiger Moth flypast with poppy drop
1350 - 1355 Solo performance by Abigail Carter-Simpson
1355 - 1400 Dakota flypast
1402 – 1435 Address, standard dedication and service
1435 – 1440 Wreath laying
1440 – 1515 The Band of the Rifles
1515 – 1545 Lichfield Rock Choir
1700 Arboretum closes
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