Today will see the fifth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event take place, with many of motorcyclists from around the country making a pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Ride to the Wall gives bikers 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, part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, and which provides a permanent home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial.
John Foster, a retired Essex Fire Fighter, has taken part in RTTW each year since it began five years ago. His son, Private Robert Foster, was killed in action in Helmand on August 23rd 2007, aged just 19 years. For the first three years of RTTW, John didn't make it to the Service of Remembrance, finding it too emotional, but last year, after riding with the motorcyclists from Drayton Manor, he felt able to participate. John will be riding from Drayton Manor again this year, with his special emblem - a union flag with Robbie's photograph at its centre.
John will be riding from Drayton Manor again this year, with his special emblem - a union flag with Robbie's photograph at its centre.
Ride to the Wall founder Martin Dickinson, said: "Once again bikers from all over the country and parts of Europe are joining together to show their incredible passion and their commitment to this event.
"We are incredibly proud that Ride to the Wall has reached its fifth anniversary. This year promises to be the biggest and best event yet and a truly wonderful experience for everyone taking part."
Order of Events
- 10:30 - 13:30 Royal Veterinary Corp Dog Display Team
- 10:30 - 10:55 Touch of Life Dance Group
- 11:30 - 12:00 Mercian Regiment Band (below steps of Armed Forces Memorial)
- 12:45 - 13:00 Touch of Life Dance Group
- 13:15 - 13:30 Dakota Flypast
- 13:35 - 13:55 Mercian Regiment Band (below steps of Armed Forces Memorial)
- 13:55 - 14:00 Pipers
- 14:00 - 14:05 Silver Stars Parachute Display Team
- 14:10 -14:15 Welcome by RTTW founder, Martin Dickinson
- 14:15 Short address by Major General Lamont Kirkland (Rtd)
- 14:20 Service conducted by Revd Mike Brotherton MBE
- 14:30 Last Post
- 14:35 Wreath laying accompanied by music from Military Band