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Veterans Day Celebrations 2008

Why Should I be there?

Veterans Day is both a celebration of the contribution made by all those who have served in the Armed Forces - as well as those in Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who have served in support of operations – and a means of raising public awareness of Veterans issues. Veterans Day does not seek to replicate or detract from Remembrance Day whose focus is, quite rightly, on commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country. Although 27 June is the official Veterans Day, communities throughout the UK are organising events from May to August. These events are the ideal opportunity for communities to show their support for veterans who live and work in their neighbourhoods, building links with individual veterans, ex-Service organisations and local businesses and government to promote and raise awareness of the help and advice available to veterans.

Veterans Day events present the ideal opportunity for all Ex-Service Associations, agencies and charities to showcase their organisation and to demonstrate the contribution that they can make to veterans and their families.

Event organisers will welcome your involvement, in talking to veterans, their friends and families and in displaying the help and advice you can provide. For an opportunity to be involved in Veterans Day you should contact your local event organiser.

In addition to the events listed here, a comprehensive list of events and organisers are detailed on the Veterans Day website at

“Veterans Day is our chance to recognise the service and achievements of Armed Forces Veterans, both old and young alike, who live amongst us in our communities. We are all very proud of them.
I am delighted that there are so many events taking place up and down the country to mark Veterans Day and I hope as many people as possible get involved to show their appreciation for our Service veterans.
There is so much going on this year. June 27 promises to be a truly memorable day.”
Derek Twigg, Minister for Veterans

"Veterans' Day is a wonderful opportunity to flag up the valuable contribution veterans make to the Fire and Rescue Service"
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Phil Toase, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

On behalf of Lancashire Constabulary and the many ex-Service men and women who work within the Force, I’d like to recognise and support the work of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and look forward to Lancashire hosting the Veterans Day events in Blackpool this summer.
Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan

"The Royal British Legion welcomes Veterans Day as an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of the UK's ex-Service community. It is appropriate that away from the solemnity of Remembrance Sunday in November, time is set aside during the year to acknowledge the very great contribution our Veterans have made In-Service to their country. It also represents an important opportunity to discuss the issues affecting veterans past and present."
Royal British Legion

“Veterans Day is a unique and national day of celebration in recognition, and a good way of raising the profile in the public’s mind, of the outstanding contribution made to the Nation by those citizens, young and not so young, who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces”.
Mike Bray, Secretary COBSEO




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Veterans Day Events

Barrow 7-8 June
Submarine Heritage Centre,
Terry Spurling CEO SHC Ltd.
Tel: 01229 820993

Weymouth and Portland 14-20 June Weymouth Cenotaph and Seafront
Matt Ryan
Tel: 01305 838557

Glasgow 27 June
George Square
Jane Alexander
Tel: 0141 287 9405

Manchester 27-28 June
City Centre
Margaret Stephenson
Tel: 0161 234 5258

Southend on Sea 27-29 June
Southend Pier
Adrian Harris
Tel: 01702 215464

Gwent 28 June
Tony Regan
Tel: 01201 622308

Bristol 28 June
The Amphitheatre,
Canon's Marsh
Amanda Grubb
Tel: 0117 922 3254

Trowbridge 28-29 June
Trowbridge Park
Steve Nash
Tel: 01225 765072

Veterans Day Events

Plymouth 28-29 June
Plymouth Hoe and Veterans Centre
Dave Roberts
Tel: 01752 307492

Dundee 4 July
City Square
Bruce Kelly
Tel: 01382 455995

Hartlepool 4-6 July
Stephen Cashman
Tel: 01429 523 441

Birmingham 27 June and 5-6 July
27 Town Hall, ticket only
5-6 Victoria and Chamberlain Squares
Lisa Kennedy
Tel: 0121 303 4828

Portsmouth 5-13 July
Fort Nelson and Southsea Common
Bill Stockwell
Tel: 02380 760141

Edinburgh 26 July
Prince’s Street
Susan Lanham
Tel: 0131 529 4387

Hull 2-3 August
East Park
Pat Mitchell
Tel: 0113 381 8406

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