Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The anniversary highlights the growing interest from people to learn more about the events of the war and the bravery of our Armed Forces.
To this end, Remembrance Travel, the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, has devised a series of tours to key historical sites of both World Wars. The trips, arranged in association with experts Arena Travel, are accompanied by a Support Party, consisting of a senior member of the Legion, an experienced guide, a Standard Bearer and a medic.
Amongst tours available are those to Northern Italy to remember people who gave their lives during the advance to and breaking of the Gothic Line. There is one that pays respect to The Unknown Warrior and other soldiers who served in the First World War which travels to Calais and Boulogne and to Westminster Abbey in London. There is also a Journey of Remembrance to the Staffordshire National Memorial Arboretum, which includes a visit to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum and German Cemetery.
An extremely popular tour is one to the Normandy beaches to commemorate D-Day. Any veterans who served in Normandy at this time can register for free places for them, a relative and a carer, funded by the Government from LIBOR bank fines.
The Northern Italy tour departs on 2 September 2015, the National Memorial Arboretum on 18 September and The Unknown Warrior on 6 November 2015. Normandy Tours are in September and October 2015.