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He’s 100 years old! Join the party…

A newsletter from the formerly There But Not There organization.


He’s 100 years old! Join the party….
Commemorate the 75th Anniversary year of VJ Day with your family, friends and your community safely next Saturday. Remember those who went into battle to secure our freedom today. Here’s why….

John Riggs, resident here at  the RBLI Village is 100 years old. Seventy-five years ago, John was battling through the jungle and monsoon storms of Northern Burma (now Myanmar), travelling up to 180-miles a month on foot and destroying transport lines to stop the attacks as part of the Chindits’ campaign. John has been living on RBLI’s Aylesford village, which provides homes and welfare to more than 300 veterans and their families, since 1956.

August 15th 2020 marks Victory over Japan Day – the day Japan finally surrendered and brought the Second World War to an end. This is the day when 75 years ago, our nation truly celebrated peace. The brave men and women serving our country were sent home to their families at last. Now doesn’t that deserve a celebration?

Next Saturday people up and down the country will be holding their own celebrations. Join us – and John – in our soon to be announced online remembrance.

If you haven’t already, download your VJ Day Party Fundraising Activity Pack to support your celebrations. It includes bunting, games, posters and more!

Now more than ever our veterans need the support of people like you, fundraising so RBLI can continue to provide the vital services veterans count on.

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HELP US CREATE A VJ DAY MEMORIAL ALBUM

We are extremely proud to be able to use our platform to share VJ Day stories and information about the war in the Far East. Often referred to as ‘The Forgotten Army’, we are determined to make sure those men, and women, are no longer forgotten.

There are some incredible VJ Day stories that to share with you all. But the stories we have are a fraction of the stories out there.

Do you remember the day as a child? Maybe your father, or grandfather, fought in the Far East? Whatever your story, we want to hear it and add it to our VJ Day Memorial Album.

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New baking box for delicious Tommy Tea

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New baking box for a delicious TommyTea!

 We have teamed up with Britain Loves Baking to bring you a special TommyTea baking box. Don’t miss out on one of Britain’s oldest traditions. The kit is ideal for up to six people, with ingredients for 8 different bakes – including tea cakes!

Britain Loves Baking will make a substantial donation from the sale of each box to RBLI!

So why not get the family baking this summer? You can bake your own afternoon tea to celebrate VJ Day on 15th August and raise some money while you do it!

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Have you heard?

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What’s been happening this month at RBLI?

We have given over 100 Thank You Awards and received one very special award ourselves. 🎉

Our events are still going ahead (even while social distancing) and we’ve had some crackers! Supporters across the country have completed our crazy challenges – 100 sit ups or squats a day – for 30 days! 💪

With VJ Day fast approaching, we have been hearing about what the conditions were like to fight in the jungle, those who ended up as Prisoners of War and how to deal with leeches. 😳

Read about it, join in and show your support for our Armed Forces! 
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A Time for Celebration!

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Hold your very own VJ Day Party!
Free Downloads Available*

15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
We are asking you to celebrate this momentous milestone while raising funds for RBLI and support the veterans who need us today, and in the future.

You can get involved by holding your very own VJ Day Party!

It could be a special afternoon tea with friends, a virtual games day over Zoom – or perhaps your neighbours would love a sponsored 1940’s dance-a-thon! Whatever suits you and your community, we are here to help, and we have a lot of downloads for you!

Free Fundraising Pack
Bunting
Invitations
Cake Flags
Raffles

….and much more, including tips on how to publicise your party and organise it within government guidelines.

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Sleep Out to Support Veterans

Are you ready for an adventure in your own garden? On Saturday 8th August 2020, RBLI is challenging you to spend a night under the stars with your family, in aid of veteran homelessness. Get your tarpaulin, sleeping bags and torches at the ready!

Get your free welcome pack that includes a host of activities to keep everyone busy and being creative outside. There’s also instructions on how to set up your very own RBLI Garden Sleep Out fundraising page.
Ready to sign up? Let’s go!

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We’re thanking our Lockdown Heros.
Who do you want to thank?

Teams of nurses and carers all over the country have gone into battle themselves, just as Florence did, to provide crucial care to those who need it most.

Our Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company veterans have made a brilliant collection of Florence gifts and awards. Giving you the opportunity to say Thank You to your personal lockdown heroes.

Florence Thank You Collection
Florence Thank You Cards

AND DON’T FORGET….

Our VJ Day Tommy Collection
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Royal British Legion Industries Village
Hall Road

Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NL

United Kingdom

It’s here – The VJ Day Special Edition Tommy

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Commemorate the 75th Anniversary year of VJ Day. Check out our VJ Day Special Edition Tommy collection.

We are very proud of this VJ Day Special Edition Tommy, we have been working very hard with historian and author Neil Storey, sourcing archive images to put together for this commemorative collection. Over the coming days we will also have activity packs, street party baking boxes available and we are looking for VJ Day street party organisers too (social distancing of course). Plus a free living history video series available.

We have lots of VJ Day products including a 28 page booklet, VJ Day engraved Tommy, badges, stickers, posters and lots more.

Support veterans of today by remembering the sacrifices of the past.

THE FULL VJ DAY TOMMY COLLECTION
WHAT IS VJ DAY

Victory over Japan Day (also known as V-J Day, Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day) is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end.

The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – aswell as to September 2, 1945, when the surrender document was signed, officially ending World War II.

THE HISTORY OF VJ DAY
LIVING HISTORY WITH
HISTORIAN NEIL STOREY
Historian and Author Neil Storey has very kindly put together some short videos for RBLI to share with you. They highlight some of the challenges our forgotten army faced, like the lack of drinking water in the Jungle and dealing with leeches. Neil shows us some of the solutions and techniques our soldiers use to overcome these challenges.

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Royal British Legion Industries Village
Hall Road

Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NL

United Kingdom