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The Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth
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Belgian National Day

Every year, the official Legion of Frontiersmen attends the ceremony in London to celebrate Belgium's National Day. The parade begins on Horseguards Parade and marches to the Cenotaph where wreaths are laid. The salute is then taken back on Horseguards and the units present are inspected.

On Sunday July 18th 2004, the Legion of Frontiersmen paraded as they always do. Belgium has never forgotten the Frontiersmen who in 1914 crossed the Channel at their own expense and served with the 3rd Belgian Lancers, proud to be the first British troops in action in the First War.

This year the salute was taken by H.R.H. Prince Phillipe, who also laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. After taking the salute and inspecting all units present, His Royal Highness expressed his and his people's gratitude to the British nation and the late King George V who gave permission in 1934 for Belgium to celebrate its National Day at the Cenotaph. This is a great token of friendship with Belgium, which is the only other country granted the honour of using the Cenotaph on its National Day. The official Legion of Frontiersmen is always proud to take part in the event.

On this page are some photographs of the 2004 occasion, including the Frontiersmen marching past His Royal Highness and the current Commandant-General of the Frontiersmen, Ronald J. Potter, laying a wreath on behalf of the Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth. He is shown accompanied by Commissioner Alec Coleman who laid a wreath on behalf of the Legion of Frontiersmen Voluntary Reserve.

Presented below are a selection of photographs. Just click on them to see larger versions.

Belgian Day 2004 Photo 1   Belgian Day 2004 Photo 2   Belgian Day 2004 Photo 2

Belgian Day 2004 Photo 4   Belgian Day 2004 Photo 5   Belgian Day 2004 Photo 6

Belgian Day 2004 Photo 7   Belgian Day 2004 Photo 8