This years main event for the Royal Marines Association, the Graspan parade in London took place on Sunday May 14 2017.
Our Branch was represented at the parade by ‘Dusty’ Miller, Jimmy Green, ‘Timber’ Wood and Gerry Bowers. Also attending were Marion Maguire and Maggie Murphy.
The weather was fine and fair, and the parade after forming up on Horseguards marched to the Graspan Memorial situated on the Mall, a hundred yards or so from Admiralty Arch. A service of Remembrance and thanksgiving was then held, before the parade, led by the Portsmouth ‘Royal’ Band’, and many RMA Branch Standards, marched down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace and then on to Birdcage Walk for the return to Horseguards where the Salute was taken. As part of the Parade, the ‘Kings Squad' from Lympstone, and the City of London RM Cadets followed the RMA Green Berets on the march.
The Mayor of Deal, Councillor David Cronk also attended with members of his family, as his father was a former Royal Marine.
On completion of the event a reception was held in the Union Jack Club, food and drink was available, and as usual was enjoyed by all who attended.
The Memorial was designed by Adrian Jones in 1903 and commemorates the Royal marines who died in the Boxer Rebellion in China and the second Boer war in Africa.
It was re-dedicated as the National Monument for the Royal Marines in 2000, and was unveiled by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Captain General of the Royal Marines.