Press release

Veterans given special invitation to VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Invitation for veterans of VE Day to take part in the national celebrations in London over the weekend of 8 to 10 May 2015.

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The government will join the nation in marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day over the weekend of 8 to 10 May 2015. A series of national commemorative events will take place in London, and community events and celebrations are being organised across Britain.

The Second World War generation will be at the heart of the celebration, and the Royal British Legion is inviting the veterans of VE Day to take part in the national commemorations in London.

The invitation is to all those who played an active role during the Second World War - who served in the military, the Home Guard or in any one of the reserved occupations, including medics, police and the ‘Bevin Boys’.

To be eligible, veterans must be 85 years and over by 8 May 2015. All veterans can bring one nominated carer with them. Funding for travel will be made available for successfully accredited veterans and their carer to come to London.

Published 1 April 2015