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Widows Sons Scotland, Monthly Meeting & Rideout. (MAY)
Sat 6 May 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
West Coast and East Coast Riders: Meet at Stirling services and head as a group via Callander to Crainlarich through Glen Coe to Fort William then up to Spean Bridge. Short comfort break at the Green Welly.
Can Local Reps please arrange and post meeting points ie West, East and Fife (whether or not you are personally attending the event) to arrive at Stirling Services, then on to the Spean Bridge Hotel for lunch at 1pm.
My plan is to hold a very short meeting outside the hotel, if anyone has any concise agenda items please PM Stephen MacGregor before the end of April.
Lunch Cost: £4.50
Spean Bridge Commando Monument
The monument stands as a memorial to the British Commandos who trained all around the Lochaber region which the monument overlooks, while they were based at the Achnacarry Commando Training Centre established in 1942. As such it is used as site for memorial services, including the 60th anniversary of D-Day, and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
A Garden of Remembrance, which was subsequently added to the site, is used by many surviving World War II Commandos as the designated final resting place for their ashes. It has also been used as a place where many families have scattered ashes and erected tributes to loved ones who belonged to contemporary Commando units and who have died in more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War or in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The location was chosen because it is on the route from Spean Bridge railway station to the former Commando Training Centre at nearby Achnacarry Castle. Arriving prospective Commandos would disembark after a 14-hour journey, load their kit bags onto waiting trucks and then speed march the 7 miles (11 km) to the training centre in full kit with weapon, weighing a total of 36 pounds (16 kg). Anyone not completing it within 60 minutes was immediately RTU'd (returned to unit).
It has become one of Scotland's best-known war memorials and visited by tens of thousands of people every year.
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Spean Bridge Commando Monument, Lochaber region The Highlands of Scotland