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.
The UK’s VJ Day national event will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday 15 August. The event will form part of a three-day public programme of events from 14 - 16 August, which will include a national service of Remembrance.
Travel and accommodation will be provided by the Legion for all veterans who wish to attend - subject to eligibility as defined below. We also very much welcome and encourage the attendance of veterans descendants at any or all of the three days at the NMA.
Please read below for more information and FAQs about the event.
We are pleased to announce that in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL), we will be funding the travel and accommodation costs for a series of tours for veterans of the Asia-Pacific campaign, as defined below, to key commemorative, and CWGC sites, across South and South East Asia. Descendants of veterans are welcome to also come on these tours but will need to fund their own travel and accommodation.
As part of this package, travel and accommodation will also be provided for a nominated companion to accompany each veteran and a comprehensive Legion care support package will be in place throughout the event programme to support veterans.
This ambitious programme of activity has been developed with the kind support of a broad range of related UK veteran associations.
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.
Spouses and children of veterans while not eligible for the tours (unless attending in the capacity as a companion to a veteran) will of course be very welcome to attend three days of planned commemorations and activities at the National Memorial Arboretum, which will run from the 14-16 August 2020. Further details of the events taking place at the National Memorial Arboretum will be released in due course.
Please complete this online form to apply for a place.
Please note that the deadline for entries is 31 March 2020.
If you are not able to travel abroad we can offer you the opportunity to attend the three days of VJ Day commemorative events at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Accommodation and travel to the Arboretum for a veteran and a companion will also be funded by the Legion in already allocated LIBOR funds.
Please download the itinerary to find out more.
When applying for a place please indicate which tour you wish to be part of.
Read our FAQs below to find out more, or download our full FAQs.
All meals are included. RBL will underwrite the travel insurance for all veterans. Spending money and money for drinks are not included, so please ensure you bring enough with you for the trip.
These companions are expected to be able bodied, fit enough to push a wheelchair if required, support the veteran 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.
Once your place is confirmed, we can book family members who wish to travel on the tour. Please note that these spaces are limited, and we will ask for service details of the relative who served in that country to verify.
Your safety and comfort are the upmost priority to us and we have to make sure all who are offered a place can enjoy the tour fully.
As above, we will have to ensure that you are medically fit to go on the tour and that our insurance can cover you.
It is also a time for you to get to know the others on your tour.
In the event of a terrorist incident we would follow the procedures set by the FCO and travel operator to ensure that all passengers are safe and cared for.
If there is any aspect or day where you don’t feel like taking part or you want to rest, then you will have the freedom to do so.
The National Memorial Arboretum, located in Staffordshire, celebrates lives lived and commemorates lives lost in service. Part of The Royal British Legion, it is the Nation’s year-round centre of Remembrance and home to over 350 memorials nestled amongst almost 30,000 trees.
The memorials include many that are linked to the campaign in the Far East in World War II, including The Far East Prisoners of War memorial Building, Sumatra Railway, Burma Railway (including some original rails and sleepers), Burma Star Memorial, Chindit Memorial, and the original Lych Gate from Changi Prison in Singapore amongst many others.
The Arboretum is free to enter and is open to public on every day of the year except Christmas Day. Throughout the summer of 2020 the Arboretum will host a series of exhibitions, talks and activities that will help everyone to learn more about the stories behind VJ Day and of those that took part in this campaign.
We have a limited number of placesApply now