Royal Marines Association reunion at CTCRM Lympstone
This year the RMA held its 65th Anniversary weekend at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines with approximately 2,000 serving members, former members, Royal Marine Cadets and families. This year was even more poignant as 15 names of fallen Marines were added to the Memorial Wall.
This year the RMA held its 65th Anniversary weekend at CTCRM with approximately 2,000 serving members, former members, Royal Marine Cadets and families. This year was even more poignant as 15 names of fallen Marines were added to the Memorial Wall.
In 2007, the Trustees of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (then known by its former name as the Royal Marines 1939 War Fund) commissioned a memorial wall in order to provide a permanent and fitting memorial to those members of the Corps who have died on operations whilst serving their country.
The Royal Marines Memorial Wall is a war memorial for the 21st Century and is located in the grassy area just to the north of the Parade Ground at the CTCRM. It records the names of all Royal Marines who have died whilst serving on operations since 1 January 2000. Each year, in September, the names of those who have died in the period between 18 and six months beforehand (that is, for 2011, from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011) are added to the Wall.
The RMA holds an annual reunion weekend, which culminates in a parade on the Sunday morning. The parade incorporates a remembrance service and the Corps family uses this opportunity to focus on remembering those whose names have been added to the Wall that year and to invite the relevant bereaved families to join in this Corps family act of remembrance.
This year the parade took place on Sunday 25 September 2011. The Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General F H R Howes, was the inspecting officer.
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