From Major Charles Wilson, Douglas, IOM

For the Poppy appeal this year, I want to excite your imagination…………….
You are a WWII allied prisoner or civilian who has escaped cross-country from your prison or homeland and now you are faced with the last great barrier to freedom – The Pyrenees.
Each year the route taken by these wartime brave men and women guided courageously through occupied country by local guides is re-created by people who follow – ‘The Freedom Trail’ – ‘Chemin de la Liberté’ 7-14 July 2009

Starting in Girons, France the route ascends the mountains up to a height of 8300 feet, over the snow clad passes, down into what was then neutral Spain and hopefully to freedom. The crossing takes four days. I am seeking your sponsorship for doing this in aid of the Poppy Appeal. The Royal British Legion directly supports increasing numbers of our Service personnel and their families.
Please help us to help them.
Many thanks,
Charles Wilson

The Royal British Legion does sterling work for ex-military folk and is very big on the island. Please consider this appeal. Please make checks payable to THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION and send to: Major Charles Wilson, Cleveland House, Kensington Avenue, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3ET
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Charles wrote: “Many US Service Personnel took this route over the Pyrenees during WWII.
I would like to secure support in the US through the North American Manx Association. I intend to carry the Manx flag thoughout and to plant one atop the mountains.”