2019 marks an important moment in the commemorative calendar as the nation’s attention shifts from WW1 to more recent anniversaries, almost all involving veterans still living within UK communities…
The Royal British Legion have announced the following events:
Monte Cassino 75 – 11th May at National Memorial Arboretum
This year we will be remembering the heroism, courage and collaboration of the over 200,000 Allied and Commonwealth forces, who came from all corners of the earth, to fight in the battles of Monte Cassino and the Italy Campaign. On Saturday 11th May, The Royal British Legion will hold an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the final battle of Monte Cassino and commemorate the wider Italy Campaign at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Berlin Blockade 70 – 12th May at IWM Duxford
The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. At one minute after midnight on 12th May 1949, the Soviets lifted their barricades and restored access from West Germany to Berlin. A British convoy immediately drove through, and the first train from the West reached Berlin at 5:32 that morning. The Royal British Legion will be organising an event in the UK, at the IWM Duxford on Sunday 12th May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Blockade.