Royal British Legion Op Banner 50th Anniversary Event National Arboretum – 14th August 2019
For those members of the Association that had the honour of serving in Northern Ireland on Op Banner, the Royal British Legion are hosting an event at the National Arboretum on the 14th of August.
Full details are listed at the following linkhttps://www.britishlegion.org.uk/op-banner-50/
Dear Association Members,
This note came through from the British Legion late last week.
Reading between the lines I take it that associations who muster less than 6 veterans will have to assemble in the ‘general’ pool at the top of Whitehall near Trafalgar square as opposed to on Horse Guards.
If we decide to do this again this year I’d expect a slightly more rigorous process for determining who are Vets.
Dear Andrew Myers
At the beginning of the year we wrote to ask for your support as the Legion sought to review the participation in the annual Cenotaph Dispersal.
May I therefore begin by thanking all of those that took the time to complete the questionnaire; your input has proved hugely valuable in terms of helping us to develop a coherent way forward.
You will be aware that the Legion has been responsible since 1927 with organising the Veterans’ March and that over time, and primarily because of legacy attendance, many veterans are now unable to participate. The Legion has consulted with all the principal veteran groups as well as other key stakeholders to ensure that our findings and subsequent decisions are broadly fair.
Following our review and with the needs of the veteran community paramount in our method, several clear resolutions have developed.
Once the application process for the 2019 Veteran March is complete, there may well be a requirement to adjust the allocation of contingents to achieve balance, as per previous years. Please accept that for some, this may be an emotive issue but there is an obvious logic in achieving a broad balance of numbers in each contingent given the changes implemented because of the review.
Bob Gamble OBE
Assistant Director for Commemorative Events
Royal British Legion
Registered Charity Number: 219279.
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On 22nd February 19, two 41 Squadron aircraft were involved in the flypast to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the B-17 Flying Fortress crash in Sheffield. As part of a larger flypast, organised and televised by the BBC, the two Typhoons followed the American KC-135 tanker across the crash site in tribute to the downed aircraft nicknamed ‘Mi Amigo’. The event was widely publicised on Social and traditional Media across the UK as part of a campaign which began after 82 year old Mr T Foulds, who has tended the crash site since the incident, expressed his desire to have a flypast for the 75th Anniversary of the death of the 10 US crewmen. Other aircraft involved included the Dakota, also from RAF Coningsby, F-15E Strike Eagles, MC-130J Hercules, CV-22 Osprey and KC-135 Stratotanker.
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