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Ride to the Wall at the National Memorial Arboretum

Written by: Elmtree Press

     

    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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