Andrew Smith MP has welcomed Lottery funding which can help local veterans make commemorative visits to the places where they served.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and many Second World War veterans will be marking this historic occasion with commemorative visits to the places they served, supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant.
Lottery funding has been made available for World War Two veterans as part of a Heroes Return programme. Through this programme, World War Two veterans from Oxfordshire and throughout the UK can apply for grants from between £165 to £8,140 towards travel and accommodation expenses to enable them, their spouse and carers to make trips back to places across the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit in the UK.
To date over £28 million has been awarded to more than 57,000 veterans, their widows, spouses and carers, for journeys in the UK, France, Germany, the Middle East, and Asia.
Andrew said: “Marking and learning the lessons from World War Two is a duty we owe to those that helped to secure the future of our nation. We all have a duty to remember and reflect on both the horrendous atrocities and tremendous acts of courage that took place, and I particularly welcome the Lottery funding being made available to veterans and their partners and carers to visit the places they served, to allow them to mark this historic occasion with a true ‘Heroes Return’.”
Further details of how to apply for grants can be found here or by calling the Heroes Return helpline 0845 0000 121.