Royal British Legion celebrates 100 years of helping veterans

The Royal British Legion has organised a special day of events to celebrate its 100th birthday today.

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 11:58 am
Updated Saturday, 15th May 2021, 12:04 pm
A D-Day veteran wipes his eyes during a Royal British Legion's Service of Remembrance.

The Royal British Legion has organised a special day of events to celebrate its 100th birthday today.

To mark the occasion His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has recorded a special birthday message that will be played to the charity’s members during their annual conference.

The Prince of Wales’s video message will lead a day of celebrations which will also see service personnel and members of the Armed Forces community sharing their own tributes to the charity.

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The Royal British Legion was formed in the aftermath of the First World War to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to so little.

The charity continues to provide life-changing help and support to the Armed Forces community and challenge injustices on their behalf. HRH The Prince of Wales said: “There are few organisations which hold a place at the heart of society in the way the Royal British Legion does. For one hundred years the Royal British Legion has been a constant, through the annual Poppy Appeal, leading the nation in remembrance, and providing a life-long commitment to every veteran and their families.”

To mark the RBL’s official centenary moment, at 9am today representatives of the Royal Navy, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Merchant Navy will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in London - to replicate the same actions of 100 years ago and the formation of the legion.

One of the final events marking the centenary will see the use of a limited edition 50 pence poppy coin, created by the Westminster Collection, during the coin toss between Chelsea and Leicester City during this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley tonight.

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