UNKOWN WARRIOR TOUR
WWI Battle Fields of France Remembrance Tour
The Royal British Legion commemorates Britain’s Unknown Warrior with a unique tour, follwoing the establishment of the Unknown Warrior Tomb and the journey from the upturned battlefields of the Somme to the final resting place tomb in London. The tour is organized by Poppy Travel, the official travel arm of the Royal British Legion. A visit to any of the grave cemeteries of World War I through the Somme and the Marne of France and Belgium’s Ypres Salient will present you with marker after marker of crosses with no names, just a soldier of unknown identity and perhaps a regiment or a rank (see Passchendaele Tyne Cot). Britain’s Tomb of the Unknown Warrior was established with an internment of a casket marked with “A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 for King and Country” at Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day, November 11, 1920 with a simultaneous ceremony of the burial of France’s Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (see Arc de Triomphe Triumph and Folly), honoring the not only the dead of the First World War but of all wars.
The Unknown Warrior – The Ultimate Journey tour departs from London on November 8 with travel through France to visiting the Dud Corner Memorial and Vimy Ridge battle sites before arriving in Arras for a two night stay. The tour follows the route of the anonymous soldier’s final journey, beginning with the selection of remains in a chapel at St Pol near Arras in 1920 to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey. His was one of 4 bodies each taken from unmarked graves in the main battles areas, Arras, Ypres, The Aisne and The Somme (see Somme Cemeteries). After visiting the Wellington Tunnels and St Pol there will be a Service of Remembrance at Etaples Military Cemetary in Pas de Calais. On the third day there is free time to explore Arras before returning to London to see the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Also in attendance on the trip will be the Royal British Legion Support Group consisting of a National Officer of the Legion, a Standard Bearer and medic.
‘The Unknown Warrior – The Ultimate Journey’ is an escorted "Journey of Remembrance" tour with a specialist battlefield guide operated in association with Battlefield Tours by Leger Holidays. Poppy Travel and Leger Holidays offer a number of battlefield tours of both WWI and WWII British battle sites accompanied by specialist guides providing in-depth knowledge of warfare to enhance the overall experience with perspective on the history and factual events of each battle, the catalysts for war, strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as the emotional human side of warfare the front line. © Bargain Travel Europe
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SEE ALSO:AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETARIES IN FRANCE
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