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Kent blind veteran marches at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

A blind veteran from Kent has marched at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

David Scott, 93 and from Tunbridge Wells, marched with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

David says: “It was a splendid day, truly splendid. There was a frisson of excitement in the air which only grew as we began moving.

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Berkshire blind veteran proud to march at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

A blind veteran from Berkshire has spoken of his joy at marching at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Ron, 64, marched at the Cenotaph in London with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Ron says: “It was an amazing experience. A truly humbling experience. The feeling you get when the crowds are clapping you on is like nothing else. I was honestly surprised at the strength of my feelings as we were remembering those we had lost.

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Derby blind veteran enjoys ‘special’ Remembrance Sunday marching at the Cenotaph

A blind veteran from Derby has marched at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Gary Stevenson, 50 and from Spondon, was supported to do this by local Specsavers stores including Burton-on-Trent and Derby. The stores raised over £200, money which went towards sending blind veterans, including Gary, to march.

Gary marched at the Cenotaph in London with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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Prince Harry opens 89th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey 70,000 Remembrance Symbols planted by The Poppy Factory 

Prince Harry will open the 89th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, to remember those in the Armed Forces who have lost their lives, on Thursday 9th November at 11.00 am.

Organised and run by The Poppy Factory every year, the Field will have 380 plots laid out in the names of military organisations and associations on the North Green of the Abbey. Remembrance symbols, made by veterans working at the factory in Richmond, are planted in these plots, often with hand written messages, from family, friends or colleagues.

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South East London blind veteran to march at Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

A blind veteran from South East London is set to march at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday (12/11) with the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Rob Long, 30, will be marching at the Cenotaph in London with more than 100 other blind veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Rob says: “Remembrance is a time to pay your respects to all those brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price for their country.

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Festival of Remembrance 2017

The Royal British Legion hosts the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 November to commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
The Royal British Legion’s annual Festival of Remembrance takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 11 November 2017, the day before Remembrance Sunday. The Festival commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
There are two performances, a matinee at 2pm and an evening performance at 7pm, the latter attended by the Royal Family. Highlights of the performance which includes special guest artists, military bands and a drumhead service, are broadcast on BBC TV and radio.

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Remembrance Sunday 2017

As the custodians of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday at the 2017 Cenotaph Service and Parade in Whitehall on 12 November.
The Cenotaph Service is organised annually by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), with The Royal British Legion coordinating the poignant March Past.
Each year, veterans participate in the Cenotaph March Past. This year, there’s a maximum of 10,000 places available which will be allocated through relevant veteran associations. If you are an individual wishing to apply for tickets, please contact your relevant association.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo donates £1m to UK charities

Largest sum donated to UK-based organisations in military event’s history

Following its nineteenth consecutive sell-out year, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has announced today it will donate £1M to UK-based charitable organisations this year, bringing the total donated by the military spectacle since 1950 to over £10M.

The 2017 donations will be split between seventeen major Arts or Armed Forces organisations and is the largest sum of money ever donated by the Tattoo to UK-based organisations in its history.

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Diana’s Final Flight

Last month, all eyes were on the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana – the aftermath, how it affected the Royals and those closest to her, as well as the impact on the British public. But what about the people involved behind the scene?

Retired RAF Squadron Leader Graham Laurie spent nearly 20 years flying the Royals as part of The Queen’s Flight and on 31 August, 1997, he was assigned to fly Diana’s body back to London from Paris.

The ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund has helped raise over £25,000 for the charity through his talks, ‘The History of Royal Flying’, and below shares his memory of that fateful day, when the RAF was in the world’s spotlight.

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