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rbl logoLetter from Bob Gamble, Assistant Director of Commemorative Events, Royal British Legion:-

In November last year I wrote to the relevant veteran associations and charities regarding the Legion’s ambitious plans for events in 2020 which we hoped would build on the success of the D-Day 75 commemorations in June 2019. The advent of the Covid-19 crisis has forced the cancellation of a number of those events with VE75 perhaps being the most notable.

Over the last month, Legion staff have been busy following up on the cancellation with the 1100+ affected veterans with an individual phone call. Some of the veterans hoping to participate now live quite solitary lives and I believe that it is important that we do our best to help each of them to manage their disappointment as best as we can.

VE Day 75

The Legion is now working hard in collaboration with others to develop plans to appropriately mark this significant WW2 anniversary within the challenging constraints of social distancing.

In the virtual space, The Royal British Legion will be hosting a livestream via our online channels featuring stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War and VE related activities – www.britishlegion.org.uk/veday75.

On 8 May, we are inviting people across all generations and communities to join us in a national moment of reflection and remembrance at 1100hrs as we pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War Generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the World. There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

I therefore write in collaboration with others within the Service Charity sector to ask for your support in encouraging your membership to openly participate in the remembrance moment. We hope that this simple act will show the members of that generation and those with contemporary roles that live within all our communities that we honour and respect them even during this time of national crisis.

In this significant anniversary year, and at this very unsettled time, it would be a poignant symbol of hope and solidarity to all members of our community to see us visibly acknowledging the contribution of a generation to whom we owe so much and will act as a timely reminder to those of our comrades who may need our collective support that they are not alone.

I leave it to individual associations to decide whether this information is of value to their respective members.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 28 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.