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If you know of any Burma Star or Pacific Star holders, or widows of those who held this military decoration please click here for details of how they can attend (including help with travel expenses). The closing date is Friday 17 July 2015.
During the sumer of 2015 work is being carried out to refurbish and re plant the three rear beds in the WRAC Association plot at the National Memorial Arboretum. The work is being carried out in phases, therefore if you are planning a summer visit you may find the rear of the plot looking a little less than perfect at times!
Over 30 members of the WRAC Association were proud to march in the Armed Forces Day National Event Parade held in Guildford on Saturday 27 June 2015. The salute was taken by HRH The Duke of York, KG. Some of those participating had taken part in the Parade on 22 June 1988 when the WRAC received the Freedom of the Borough of Guildford.
Keep an eye on the event website for updates including detailed travel information and details of Park & Rides from Aldershot, Wisley and Merrist Wood.
The WRAC Association (incorporating QMAAC and ATS Comrades Association) will be represented by our National Standard Bearer, Sharon Joyce, at a Service of Remembrance to be held at the Cenotaph on Friday 08 May to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. On Sunday 10 May our Deputy National Standard Bearer, Tammy Kirkwood, will represent the WRAC Association in a Parade to lead WW2 veterans from Westminster Abbey to St James's Park, via Whitehall and Horse Guards. Funding is now available for veterans and their carer to cover travel costs to London for VE Day 70 events on 8-10 May. To find out more click here
The Standard of the ATS Members of AckAck Command is to be laid up in York Minster during the 11.30 Matins service on Sunday 21 June 2015. If you would like to attend, or know of any former ATS members who would like to attend please contact Mrs Jane Birdsall by 01 June 2015 as she is coordinating numbers and wheelchair space with York Minster. Phone 01484 860174 (leave answerphone message) or email j dot birdsall at talktalk dot net
This Saturday, 18th April, I will be starting the first day of my 100 mile solo walking challenge around the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the people who have sponsored me to date. I am close to my target sponsorship (before Gift Aid is added) and would dearly love to reach it before I set out.
Marg is raising money for the WRAC Association, Dementia UK and Cancer Research UK. You can donate directly via her Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.
On 8-10 May The Royal British Legion will be marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day with a series of national commemorative and celebratory events taking place across the country.
The Royal British Legion are calling all WW2 veterans, including the Home Guard or in any one of the reserved occupations, medics, police and the 'Bevin Boys' to join us by registering here: http://fal.cn/j80
To register over the phone call: 0808 802 8080.
Places will be available for these commemorative events over the weekend:
- On Friday 8 May, a Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph.
- On Sunday 10 May, there will a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, followed by a march from the Abbey to Horse Guards Parade and into St James’s Park, where the Legion will host a lunch reception.
To be eligible, veterans must be 85 years and over (by 8 May 2015). All veterans can bring one nominated carer with them. The closing date for all applications is midnight on Friday 10 April
The WRAC Association AGM held on 21 March 2015 at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate ratified the following amendments to membership subscriptions:
Life Membership. To cease Life Membership for all new applications, effective 21 March 2015. Existing Life Membership status to remain unchanged.
Annual Membership. To increase the Annual Membership subscription from £5 to £10, effective 21 March 2015 for new members. Existing members will pay the new rate when their subscription becomes due for renewal on 01 October 2015.
France 2, the main French Public TV channel are looking for ladies who served in the ATS with Princess Elizabeth during WWII to testify in a historical documentary they are making for French TV about HM The Queen. It's a two hour documentary for a prime-time series called Un jour, une histoire, here is the official link of the series http://www.france2.fr/emissions/un-jour-un-destin/un-jour-une-histoire. If you can help in the making of this programme please email email@example.com
Comradeship, esprit de corps, benevolence and preserving traditions. The WRAC Association: maintaining contact between former members of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Auxiliary Territorial Service Territorial Army, Women's Royal Army Corps, Women's Royal Army Corps Territorial Army, WRAC Territorial and Volunteer Reserve and women still serving in the Army.