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Remembrance in 2020

This year we're remembering the impacts that leaving, absence and coming home have on Service men and women, and their loved ones - then and now.

A Civil Defence Warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in London © IWM (TR 1928)
Young evacuees preparing to board a train in London © IWM (LN 6194)
Italian refugees from German and Austrian Labour Camps awaiting transport home © IWM (IA 72234)

The end of WWII

At the end of the Second World War 3.8 million British men and 400,000 women were demobilised, returning to their homes and families, some for the first time in many years.

To this was added tens of thousands of evacuees, the majority of them children, who returned home to town and cities that needed rebuilding

Millions of personnel from Commonwealth forces also faced long journeys back to their homes across the world, whilst over 60 million refugees across the world were left displaced needing to rebuild their lives.

These reunions were often joyous, frequently strained and sometimes painful. Resettlement to civilian life was a major concern of post-war governments and a driver of social change in Britain and across the world.

The Armed Forces community today

The challenges of leaving, missing and returning home are still faced by Service families today. 

And just like in 1945, today the Legion remains a place to find help, companionship, and shared memories.

Who we help
VE DAY 75

VE Day 75

In May we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with events in communities across the UK, including a three-day event in London.

VE Day 75

VE Day 75

In May we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with events in communities across the UK, including a three-day event in London.

VE Day 75

VJ Day 75

We'll also be running a series of events to mark VJ 75 at the National Memorial Arboretum.

VJ Day 75
A parade of 5,000 troops was part of Nairobi's VJ Day Celebrations. Picture shows: The parade seen from the roof of a tall building in Delamere Avenue.

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