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What we Remember

The Legion advocates a specific type of Remembrance connected to the British Armed Forces, those who were killed, those who fought with them and alongside them.


The First World War was the conflict that brought the Legion into existence, when veterans joined together to provide support to each other. From 2014-2018 we join the nation in commemorating the centenary of the war to end all wars and remember all who fought and died in it. 

WW1 centenary

Great Pilgrimage 90

In the biggest membership event in its history, The Royal British Legion is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields.


Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War, resulting in over one million casualties. The centenary of the battle in 2016 has been identified as one of the major commemorations of the First World War centenary.

Battle of the Somme


For days, people had been anticipating the news of the German surrender to end WW2. Finally on 7 May 1945 the bells rang and Union Jack flags and bunting came out for celebrations across the country.

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May 1943 saw one of the most memorable operations of the Second World War, Operation Chastise, take place. 617 Squadron used the famous bouncing bomb to attack the industrial region of Germany and created the legend of The Dambusters.

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D-Day - 6 June 1944 - is one of the most memorable wartime operations ever planned and executed. It was the turning point of the Second World War and is commemorated in Normandy each year.

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Battle of Britain

In 1940, from 10 July until 31 October, the Royal Air Force Fighter Command thwarted the German Luftwaffe's attempts to gain air supremacy over southern England, averting possible invasion and downing 1,733 German aircraft.

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VJ Day

While the Second World War ended in Europe in early May 1945 it continued in the Far East. The Japanese finally surrendered on 14 August 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The next day, Wednesday 15 August 1945 was celebrated as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.

VJ Day