In 2020 we will be asking the nation to remember the impact that leaving, missing and returning home has on service men and women & their loved ones – then and now. The commemorations for both VE and VJ Day will be the central part of our national remembrance and will bring home the scale of service and sacrifice made by men and women of the Second World War generation.
A special programme of events marking VE 75 will take place over the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 in Central London and has been designed to be of particular interest to all from the Second World War generation who served at home and overseas across the European theatre. Similar commemorations are expected to be reflected in communities across the nation.
We are particularly pleased to announce that we plan to host 750 Second World War generation from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion, to attend the VE 75 events programme in Central London over the period 8-9 May 2020. Our invitation includes a fully funded plan for transport, meals and accommodation; travel to London will be courtesy of the National Rail Group on Thursday 7 May 2020 and returning home on Sunday 10 May 2020.
We encourage applications from all of those who contributed to victory in Europe 75 years ago, including spouses and civilians from reserved occupations across the UK and Commonwealth.
Take a look at our general FAQs below for further information on the three-day event. For any other queries, please call us on 0203 053 7627 to speak to a member of our team.
You can also download our full information sheet to find out more about eligibility and logistics.
Please complete this online form to apply for a place.
Please note that the deadline for entries is 17 February 2020.
Participants will travel to London via train from their local station. If you think you may find it difficult to get to your local station, the Legion will do our utmost to provide the appropriate support. When in London, the entire Second World War generation group will be accommodated at the Hard Rock Hotel, Marble Arch, and will be transported around the various event programme sites via coach.
All hotel rooms can accommodate wheelchairs and walking aids. If you or your companion are unable to walk unaided, please let us know on the booking form and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. In support of your stay in London, the Legion will provide an on-site and highly experienced Care capability. It is vital that you let us know in advance about any medical provisions we should make in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Read our FAQs below to find out more, or download our full FAQs.
We are particularly pleased to announce that we plan to host 750 Second World War generation from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion, to attend the VE 75 events programme in Central London over the period 8-9 May 2020. Our invitation includes a fully funded plan for transport, meals and accommodation; Second World War generation will travel to London courtesy of the National Rail Group on Thursday 7 May 2020 and returning home on Sunday 10 May 2020.
From arrival on 7 May, until departure on Sunday 10 May, all meals will be provided for all participants. Spending money and drinks are not included so it is advised that you do bring some money to spend with you.
These companions are expected to be able bodied, fit enough to push a wheelchair if required, support the Second World War generation with any personal hygiene or similar needs. In the unlikely event that the veteran is hospitalised, companions would be expected to stay with the veteran. Be assured that the Legion will maintain duty of care for the veteran in this instance and will remain responsible for providing full logistical support for the veteran and their companion in returning home safely.
However additional family members can make their own independent travel to London if they wish to. If there are any public events that family members can participate in, we will ensure that details are available.
If we are able to confirm for you, you will be asked for your nearest train station, and rail staff will assist you with boarding. Once you arrive into London RBL staff will meet you off the train and you will be taken to your hotel.
We have a limited number of placesApply now