Welcome to the Ilminster Branch of The Royal British Legion
Our celebrations for VJ Day 75 were restricted because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but a short Civic Service of Remembrance of the Forgotten Army was held at the Burma Star Garden and the Town Crier ( Branch member Andrew Fox) gave the Cry for Peace in the Market House at 11am.
Our celebrations for VE Day 75 were put on hold due to these unprecedented times. In order to keep everyone safe, we invited children and adults to commemorate the occasion in the following ways:
For up to Yr1 - design a medal for a WW2 soldier
Yr2 and up - design a poster for peace (we may divide into different age groups if we have lots of entries, including category for adults to enter)
For all - write a poem which commemorates the war and the celebration on VE Day. (There are the following categories: children Yr6 and under, children and young adults up to 18, adults, and families, if you write one together!)
Entries were posted by the Ilminster Branch The Royal British Legion on Facebook. We are also hoping to put all the entries on display later in the year.
The Branch used social media to promote VE Day and advertise the Two Minute silence, The Legion VE75 livestream and The People's Celebration on BBC One. In addition, the Branch posted on social media:
Branch member David Glossop sounding the Last Post and Reveille at the War Memorial
Branch Standard Bearer Dean Brown dipping the Standard at his home in Taunton
Branch President John Robson reading a prayer at the Minster virtual church service
Branch member and Town Crier Andrew Fox giving a Cry for Peace from his home in Hambridge
All events below subject to government Covid-19 guidance
Ilminster Branch Diary Dates 2020
Sep 20 Branch AGM - Bowling and Tennis Club at TBD
Sun 8 Nov 20 Civic Remembrance Service and Parade - Minster at 3pm