Barbara Keeley MP


Local Forces Veterans Honoured by Ministry of Defence

Barbara teamed up with the Mayor of Salford on Friday to present local people who served in the forces before 1984 with their veterans badges.

Barbara and the Mayor, Cllr Val Burgoyne, presented six local forces veterans with their special honour in the Mayor’s Parlour at Salford Civic Centre.

Barbara said:

“Just as Remembrance Sunday gives us the opportunity to pay our respects and remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice their country, Veterans Day is a chance to mark the enormous contribution of those who served in our armed forces, whether they saw the action or not.

"Since it was established, Veterans Day has gone from strength to strength. More than 250,000 people across the country have received the badge and in recent weeks I have sent out application forms to more than seventy people in Worsley who have been in touch with me.

"I was delighted to join the Mayor in presenting our six local recipients with their badges. For those who served in peacetime, to thank them for keeping Britain strong; and for those who fought in war, to celebrate that they came home.”

The HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge was launched in May 2004 with the intention that it would be made available to all First and Second World War veterans who, under the Heroes Return scheme, travelled back to the battlefronts they had fought on.

The badge was so popular that eligibility was quickly extended to include all Second World War veterans and those who served at any time up to 31 December 1954. In March this year, Gordon Brown announced that would again be extended to all those who served in our armed forces at any time up to 31 December 1984. This means that all those who served during the Falklands Conflict in 1982, as well as earlier engagements, can now apply.

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Barbara, Salford Mayor Val Burgoyne and Cllr Eric Burgoyne with Local Veterans of the Armed Forces

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