04 July 2015

THIS Sunday (5 July 2015), thousands of members of The Salvation Army will march along The Mall in central London – from Horseguard's Parade to Buckingham Palace – to celebrate the organisation's 150th anniversary. Seven brass bands will lead more than 2,500 Salvationists in a spectacular march of witness, cheered on by more than 10,000 international members of the worldwide church and charity who have been meeting together at The O2 arena in east London.

The Salvation Army's international leader, General André Cox, says: 'In 1865, The Salvation Army was born on the streets of London. It is entirely appropriate, then, that we should return to those streets to conclude our 150th anniversary celebrations. We have had a wonderful week of fellowship and worship at The O2 but now – as is our tradition – we want to share our joy and faith outside our own walls.

'On Sunday 5 July at 3.30pm, The Mall and Buckingham Palace will witness a march of thousands of Salvationists from 126 countries. There will be bands and timbrelists, as would be expected, but there will also be an Army of people fired up for God and enthused by their experiences together over the past week. The march marks the end of the anniversary celebrations but it is also a start – a launching point as members of God's Army return to their homes and neighbourhoods across the world, ready to continue serving God and mankind.'

Report by IHQ Communications
The Salvation Army International Headquarters


Tags: 150th anniversary, The General