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Information from the Royal British Legion

VE75 and VJ75
The National Association of Civic Officers have circulated the following information from the Royal British Legion

In 2020 we will be asking the nation to remember the impact that leaving, missing and returning home has on service men and women & their loved ones – then and now. The commemorations for both VE and VJ Day will be the central part of our national remembrance and will bring home the scale of service and sacrifice made by men and women of the Second World War generation.

A special programme of events marking VE 75 will take place over the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 in Central London and has been designed to be of particular interest to all from the Second World War generation who served at home and overseas across the European theatre. Similar commemorations are expected to be reflected in communities across the nation.

We are particularly pleased to announce that we plan to host 750 veterans from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion, to attend the VE 75 events programme in Central London over the period 8-9 May 2020. Our invitation includes a fully funded plan for transport, meals and accommodation; veterans will travel to London courtesy of the National Rail Group on Thursday 7 May 2020 and returning home on Sunday 10 May 2020.

We encourage applications from all of those who contributed to victory in Europe 75 years ago, including spouses and civilians from reserved occupations across the UK and Commonwealth.

Later in the year we will mark VJ75 and the Legion is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) we will be funding the travel and accommodation costs for a series of tours for veterans of the Asia-Pacific campaign, to key commemorative, and CWGC sites, across South and South East Asia. Descendants of veterans are welcome to also come on these tours but will need to fund their own travel and accommodation.

As part of this package travel and accommodation will also be provided for a nominated companion to accompany each veteran, and a comprehensive Legion care support package will be in place throughout the event programme to support veterans.

This ambitious programme of activity has been developed with the kind support of a broad range of related UK veteran associations.

For those veterans who want to be part of activities in the UK, the Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) will be running a three day series of activities from the 14-16 August, which will include a national service of Remembrance. Travel and accommodation will be provided by the Legion for all veterans who wish to attend – the same qualifying criteria applies for veterans wishing to go an overseas tour or requiring travel and accommodation for the three days of activities at the NMA. We also very much welcome and encourage the attendance of veterans descendants at any or all of the three days at the NMA.

More details about eligibility and how to apply are available on the RBL website at

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events