NORTHERN IRELAND VETERANS ASSOCIATION CHURCH SERVICE AND PARADE SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2017
The above event will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR on Saturday 16 September 2017. Arrival is between 1000-1100 and there is a small parking charge which contributes towards the upkeep of the site. The Church service starts at 1130 and is followed by a march to the Northern Ireland(NI) Memorial where wreaths are laid and our Veteran Buglers sound Last Post and Reveille. The new Remembrance Centre has a Coffee Shop and an excellent Restaurant which serves home made meals between 9am- 4.30pm. The dress is Blazer/Jacket and medals.
The event is very well attended by many Regiments including the Royal Green Jackets who generally have a turnout of over one hundred marching troops. The intention is that the Light Infantry will have at least the same turnout and that we will march down to the NI Memorial together as we have done in previous years.
The New Chairman
I have just taken over as the Chairman of the Light Infantry Committee from General Brims to whom we are deeply indebted for his tremendous leadership and mentorship over these last 16 years. He was initially our Colonel of the Regiment and then became the Chairman after the formation of The Rifles. General Brims, along with the Colonels Commandant of the other forming Regiments, did a superb job in forging the new regiment. The Rifles is now one of the best, if not the best infantry regiment in the British Army; we can be very proud of it and the part which we played in its creation. Your past service with the Light Infantry is still really valued too. I will ensure the Light Infantry is not forgotten but remains an integral part of the larger Rifles’ family with its five pillars: regulars, reserves, associations, cadets and the community.
We have over 40 Rifles and Light Infantry Associations across the country and I would like to publically thank all of you who give up your time and expend a great deal of effort in maintaining the connections with our officers and soldiers; it really is important. We must also ensure those leaving The Rifles feel included as this will strengthen the regimental ties and also help maintain the vibrancy of our associations over time, both physically and virtually.
I look forward to meeting you (ideally at the reunion!) and serving as your Chairman; it is a great honour to have been asked to represent you.
Lt Gen T P Evans CB CBE DSO