The Royal British Legion have called for applications for women who have served the Crown on military operation or in uniform for the recognition of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).
On Friday 7 July 2017 around midday, The Royal British Legion will mark the centenary of the formal recognition of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first time women were fully enrolled in the UK Armed Forces, by holding a Drumhead Ceremony and Reception at The National Memorial Arboretum. This event will more widely commemorate the contribution of women who have served the Crown on operation or in uniform.
From Tuesday 18 April, open application will be encouraged via The Royal British Legion website for women who have served the Crown on military operation or in uniform. Applications will close on Wednesday 24 May and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For those who do not meet this criteria, the National Memorial Arboretum will be open as usual (09:00 – 17:00) and will show the event on outdoor screens.
The Royal British Legion are actively encouraging guests to take this opportunity to participate and also to explore the more than 300 thought-provoking memorials that can be found on the 150-acre site.
Commenting on the event, Alex said:
“I have been pleased to work closely with the Royal British Legion including being one of a few MPs taking part in the “Journey into the Legion” initiative which built my understanding of their work in everything from social care to research.
“This is an excellent initiative by The Royal British Legion, recognising and celebrating the first time women were fully enrolled in the UK Armed Forces. I would encourage all those eligible to apply, and do it as quickly as possible due to the limited number of places available.
“The Royal British Legion provide excellent and important support for the Armed Forces community, and the Women at War 100 event is another demonstration of their endless commitment to recognising and supporting serving men and women, veterans, and their families.”
If you have any queries about the event, you can email The Royal British Legion’s Commemorative Events team on firstname.lastname@example.org