The Royal British Legion Swiss Branch

The Swiss Branch was created in 1947 by British and Commonwealth ex- Servicemen and women who came to live and work in Switzerland after the Second World War. The Branch today has about 100 members who participate in social activities such as the Spring Luncheon and an Annual Dinner in the autumn often with a distinguished guest speaker. The Annual General Meeting takes place at the same time. There are also joint social activities with other British associations such as the Royal Air Forces Association Swiss Branch and the British Residents’ Association of Switzerland. The Branch participates in Remembrance Ceremonies, particularly in November, ANZAC Day in April organized alternately by the Australian and New Zealand Consulates General and Victory in Europe Day in May in association with French veteran organizations.

Much effort is devoted to organizing the annual Poppy Appeal with a team of Regional Organizers throughout Switzerland. The Swiss Branch is one of the overseas branches which has consistently collected the most money for the Appeal. On average, over CHF 30,000 is collected annually, most of which is sent to assist those in need in the United Kingdom but there are also beneficiaries in Switzerland.

Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our UK initiatives

Battle of Britain - Vevey CWGCC

The Swiss Branch will give thanks, on this the 77th Anniversary, to all those who participated in the Battle of Britain and in particular remember those who lost their lives. 

This is one of the most important dates in the RAFA calendar, and your Committee hopes that there will be a large attendance again.  It is important that we remember and pay just tribute to those who gave their lives, and for those who survived and still struggle with life to this day as a result of all that they suffered, so that we may continue to live in a free world. 

Cérémonie du Souvenir - Mon-Repos Genève

The 97th ceremony will be held on Sunday the 12th of November from 11h00 onwards.

This event, which is usually very well attended and watched by many people, involves a big parade that forms up on the road along Quai Wilson. It sets off and heads for the Monument to the dead at Mon-Repos.

If you would like to take part in the march, please let us know before the end of September so we can inform authorities of the numbers attending.

Great Pilgrimage 90

In August 2018, the Legion’s membership – every county, branch and standard – will be asked to assemble for a Remembrance tour of The Somme and the Ypres Salient.

 

GP90 - THE BIGGEST MEMBERSHIP EVENT IN OUR HISTORY

The branch is looking for volunteers

The Royal British Legion Swiss branch is currently looking for people willing and able to help in the following fields:

Standard bearer
You will take part in official ceremonies (about 5 per year), bear our standard and represent the branch in Switzerland as well as aboard. Equipment and training are provided. You should have your own mean of transport and will be required to undergo a medical check. For this position, people living in the Geneva  / Vaud region will be given priority as most events are in those regions.

2017 Events

Neighbouring France saw many events and operations during WWII involving the RAF, SOE and of course the Resistance. Whereas Switzerland was a land where soldiers took refuge during or immediately after the war. Many of them stayed and are still living in the region. Many of the events listed below reflect the region's history. They are a great opportunity to discover this sublime part of the world, and share a solemn moment with us by paying your respect to those who gave all before.

Why wear a poppy

Since the First World War ended in November 1918 the month has been the time for remembering all who have fought and died in conflicts. 2015 in particular marked the 100th Anniversary of the ill-fated Gallipoli Landings in Turkey by Australian, British, French, Indian and New Zealand Forces, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th Anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ Day). Royal British Legion poppies are on sale at many places throughout Switzerland every year in October and November, so please don’t turn away but give for a very worthy cause.

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