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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.
“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.
"Veterans' Day is a wonderful opportunity to flag up the valuable contribution veterans make to the 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.
"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."
“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”.
Veterans Day Events
Barrow 7-8 June
Weymouth and Portland 14-20 June Weymouth Cenotaph and Seafront
Glasgow 27 June
Manchester 27-28 June
Southend on Sea 27-29 June
Gwent 28 June
Bristol 28 June
Trowbridge 28-29 June
Veterans Day Events
Plymouth 28-29 June
Dundee 4 July
Hartlepool 4-6 July
Birmingham 27 June and 5-6 July
Portsmouth 5-13 July
Edinburgh 26 July
Hull 2-3 August
Find more information on www.veterans-uk.info