Legion issues invitation to VE Day veterans

Hundreds of couples dancing in Edinburgh, part of the capital's victory celebrations at the end of World War II.
Hundreds of couples dancing in Edinburgh, part of the capital's victory celebrations at the end of World War II.

The Royal British Legion will join the nation in marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) over the weekend of May 8-10.

A series of national commemorative events will take place in London, and community events and celebrations are being organised across the country.

The Second World War generation will be at the heart of all activity. As part of this, the Legion is calling out to veterans of VE Day, who would like to take part in the national commemorations in London. To ensure representation across all those who played an active role during the Second World War, the invitation is for those who served in the military, the Home Guard or in any one of the reserved occupations.

All veterans will be allowed to be accompanied by a nominated carer. An online registration site is now live and the closing date for all applications is midnight on Friday 10 April: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ve70vets. Telephone enquiries regarding registration can be made via 0808 802 8080.

Places will be available for a series of commemorative events over the weekend: Friday, May 8, a Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph; Sunday, May 10, a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, followed by a march from the Abbey to Horse Guards Parade and into St James’s Park, where the Legion will host a lunch reception.

Funding for travel will be made available for successfully accredited veterans and their carer to come to London. Further details will be provided to veterans as soon as their application has been confirmed.

Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, National President of The Royal British Legion, said: “The commemoration of this conflict, still in living memory, gives us the opportunity to salute the Second World War generation. We hope that all communities will use the VE Day 70 commemorations to thank them.”