The Long Walk Home
The Long Walk Home was Haig Housing’s national event to commemorating the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The event will consisted of a pilgrimage by foot of 100 Veterans and Serving Personnel from across the United Kingdom who walked the 100 miles from the Menin Gate in Ypres to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and arrived for the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November 2018. Planned as a mark of respect to those who died in the Great War, it also raised funds for the charity. It is also an important milestone for Haig Housing which has been in existence since 1916 and obtained it’s subsequent name as a memorial to Earl Haig soon after the Great War.
Haig Housing Chief Executive, Brigadier James Richardson MBE comments:
“Haig Housing Trust started its life to meet the needs of Veterans returning from the Great War. Prime Minister Lloyd George campaigned to build homes fit for heroes and ever since Haig has striven to do just that. The Long Walk Home recognises the great sacrifice given by so many in that war and its pilgrimage to walk the route from Flanders to the Cenotaph to take part in the National Act of Remembrance by today’s Veterans will be a poignant commemoration. We hope that the public and in particular the people of Kent give support and encouragement to this event.”
General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO, Chairman of Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities adds:
“2018 marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, the aftermath of which saw the creation of so many of the well-known organisations still supporting the Veterans community and their families today. This centenary of the first Armistice will therefore attract much attention as the Nation stops to remember, not just the sacrifices of the Great War, but those who have given so much in all subsequent conflicts.”
“Haig Housing Trust’s The Long Walk Home is a perfect way to commemorate this anniversary and raise awareness of Veterans’ housing issues. This poignant pilgrimage joins the memory of events in the British salient around Ypres during WW1 with Whitehall and the Cenotaph where our National Remembrance is centred. The Walkers will meet the challenge and hopefully be supported and encouraged along their route, raising awareness of Veterans’ housing issues. I wish them and the Trust every success.”