Merton’s War Heroes

Merton’s war heroes will be recognised by Merton Council in a VE / VJ Commemoration Day at Morden Park on Sunday 10 July 2005.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 – a war which involved more countries than any other conflict in history and resulted in millions of deaths around the world. This anniversary will be marked across the nation on Sunday 10 July 2005.

Merton Council will be honouring local War veterans in an open-air service in the bandstand area of Morden Park at 10.30am on Sunday 10 July 2005. The service will be open to war veterans and all members of the public to attend. It will be lead by the Chaplains to the Royal British Legion Branches and the Mayor of Merton’s Chaplain.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “It is important that the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 is recognised on both a national and local level. Merton’s commemoration will be our chance to say thank you to the war heroes of our borough. I urge residents to show their support and thanks by attending this service.”

To mark the anniversary the MOD are issuing UK armed forces veteran lapel badges to our war heroes. War veterans should call 0800 169 2277 with their name, address, date of birth, wartime service number, service period, theatres served in and Royal British Legion membership number (if applicable). Widows of soldiers who were killed during the Second World War may also apply for the badge

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A further press release will be issued nearer the time to give more details about the VE/VJ Commemoration Day plans.