Author: AVFW

3rd June 2014 – 10th June 2014 : 70th Anniversary of D-Day

70th Anniversary of D-Day is certainly going to be a most moving occasion. We will be there from June 3rd through to June 10th to take part in various parades, ceremonies and wreath laying to honour the thousands who gave

New Years Day Parade

Following our Christmas event, it was within a matter of days that we were all lining up in Westminster with our bus and military Land Rover to take part once again in the annual London New Year’s Day Parade. There were over 10,000 people, young and old taking part, as well as thousands lining the route.

Again this year, participants included many associations and other charitable groups, military bands, endless vehicles and floats and countless different groups of cheerleaders and marching bands from high schools in the USA. All in all, a wonderful and colourful sight to see.

Christmas Dinner & Reunion 2008

On December 15th, a wonderful group of veterans and special guests got together for their annual event. This year it was held in the wonderful surroundings of the Greek Brotherhood Centre in Finchley, North London. Everyone enjoyed their choices from a menu of typical Christmas Fayre. The event was complemented by the professionalism of John Maynard.

John is a professional toastmaster at prestigious dinners and other such events, but John, with veterans close to his heart, volunteered his services free and joined us to give a splendid presentation and opening remarks to the reunion. Thank you so very much John Maynard.

Getting Better!

Just before Christmas, another dear friend, Jim Smith, was seriously ill with a variety of complications. Just after Christmas he was rushed to Lewisham Hospital and after some good treatment over several days – and Jim’s strong resolve and show of will-power to ensure he gets to Normandy this year – proved very beneficial and he was soon on the mend.

Obituary – Fred Field

It was just before Christmas that we sadly lost another very fine WWII veteran when our dear friend Fred Field went to sleep, aged 92.