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Derek Twigg, Minister for Veterans presents the national event winners with the National Event Flag.
He was accompanied by John Nicol and veterans outside the Imperial War Museum

In Issue 9 of Veterans WORLD we set the scene for this year’s Veterans Day and called upon the many organisers to bring this year’s celebrations into being. Your response has been tremendous.


On 27 June each year all Veterans are celebrated for the contribution that they have made to their country. The celebrations specifically bring to the fore those transferable skills and experiences that Veterans both young and old have gained throughout their Service life and now bring to their civilian workplaces and communities.

January 29th saw Derek Twigg, Minister for Veterans, announce that Blackpool’s bid to host the National event to celebrate Veterans Day was successful. The bid submitted by Blackpool Council, in association with the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, was part of its annual Veterans’ Week celebrations,
21-29 June, and won against stiff competition from other towns and cities nationwide.

Major Jim Houldsworth TD, chairman Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee said: “Veterans’ organisations have traditionally come to Blackpool for their reunions and this occasion gives the town the chance to say thank you and to show how much we truly appreciate veterans. The 27th June will be a fantastic time for everyone to come together and the North Pier will be a real focal point for veterans’ organisations.”

There are many opportunities for veterans’ organisations to get involved in the celebrations. Amongst the activities, training will be on offer to representatives of veterans’ associations to assist them with such issues as raising their profile, sharing best practice and sourcing funding. The North Pier will provide a centre for entertainment, socialising, information-sharing and contact with welfare services. All veterans, their families and friends are most welcome and are also invited to take part in the early evening parade on Friday 27 June, which will culminate in a fantastic firework spectacular.

Any Ex-Service Associations interested in booking free exhibition space on the pier to showcase their association should contact Jenny Harvey on 01253 478204 or

For details of the full programme, which includes air races, military land, sea and air displays, a free concert and a night-time beach parachute drop, visit

For country wide events click here   to view an  interactive map click here
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Editor: Clare Valentine
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