Centenary of British Legion marked with wreath laying

A short wreath-laying ceremony and act of remembrance was held on Saturday morning in Sleaford at 9am, to coincide with other ceremonies around the country and the world, marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

The short commemoration ceremony of the Royal British Legion's centenary, at Sleaford war memorial. EMN-210517-155530001

The event at the war memorial in Sleaford Market Place was begun with a proclamation by Town Cryer John Griffiths, who explained how four military charities came together after the First World War to form the British Legion.

They fought the injustices faced by service veterans, providing welfare support and comradeship.

Vicar of Sleaford, Rev Philip Johnson, said the Legion’s prayer followed by a minute’s silence, the laying of a wreath by Sleaford branch president Ian Graham, followed by the prayer of remembrance.

The short commemoration ceremony of the Royal British Legion's centenary, at Sleaford war memorial. EMN-210517-155530001

The Sleaford branch will also celebrate its official centenary on August 3, when members hope it will be possible to hold a larger, local event.

A wreath was laid at Sleaford War Memorial by the local branch for the Royal british legion's 100th anniversary. EMN-210517-155541001