2015 Graspan Parade

This years Graspan Parade and Service, which is one of the highlights on the calendar for our Association, took place on a fine dry day on Sunday 17th May 2015.
The Graspan Memorial is situated on the Mall, about 100 yards from Admiralty Arch, and was unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales on 23rd April 1903, when it was originally sited in the Cambridge Enclosure in St James’s Park. It was moved to its present position in 1948. The memorial consists of two bronze figures of Royal Marines from about the year 1900, who stand upon a Portland stone base, and depicting one defending his fallen comrade.
Attending this years event were Jimmy Greene, Ben Stones, Bob Davies, ‘Timber’ Wood, ‘Rad’ Gorringe and Mick and Marian McGuire.
The Parade formed up as usual on Horse Guards, before marching off to the Mall, led by The Band of her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth (Royal Band) followed by the National Standard and the many Branch Standards. Also parading were a company of serving Royal Marines, members of the RMR, and a contingent of RM cadets.
The service at our Memorial was led by The Reverend Graham Hitchins, Honorary Chaplain to the RMA, the Welcome was given by Brigadier Mike Ellis, Chief Executive RMA, and the wreath was laid by Major General Martin Smith MBE Commandant General Royal Marines.

On completion of the service the parade marched down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace, and then onto Birdcage Walk for the return to Horse Guards, where the Salute was taken and the parade dismissed.
After the event those association members attending made their way to the Union Jack Club at Waterloo for a superb buffet reception.



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