This year we will be commemorating 75 years since VE Day and VJ Day. There will be events around the country as a way for us all to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the wars, to ensure that they are never forgotten.
This year tours of Normandy and parts of Asia are being organised for veterans to visit and pay their respects to their fallen comrades. The tours, funded by the LIBOR bank fines and organised by the Royal British Legion will allow veterans and a companion to visit the famous sites, cemeteries and memorials.
This year the RBL will also be hosting a fully funded 3-day event over the May Bank Holiday in Central London for people who served in the Second World War. Travel, meals and accommodation is covered.
Those eligible for the programme include service personnel including the Commonwealth Forces and those who served under British Command during the Second World War.
There are also opportunities for Child Evacuees, those who served on the Home Front like the Land Girls, Home Guard, Timber Corps and Bevin Boys as well as those who were in the emergency services at the time to participate in some of the events. Descendants of those who served in Asia can also make applications for tours abroad.
It is a fantastic opportunity to remember, thank those who served and learn about the incredibly sacrifices made. We have an immense debt of gratitude to those who gave so much for our freedom and the freedom of Europe, I hope that some of our veterans will be able to take the trips as a token of our gratitude.
If you would like to learn more, or know of a veteran who could be participating, please click here to find out more. The RBL is also keen to engage with schools and cadet groups this year.