With 2014 being such a year of commemoration for the First and Second World Wars, there?s no better time for Squire’s Garden Centre in West Horsley to be welcoming World War II Bomber Command veterans for their annual fund-raising exercise.
On Sunday 17 August between 1-3pm the Veterans will be signing cards, photographs and memorabilia to raise money for the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London (seen below). These incredible characters will of course share some of their memories with visitors so this is a rare opportunity for young and old to come together and share first-hand the personal stories that shaped the world we live in today.
During the Second World War, approximately 120,000 young men, with an average age of 22, from all over the world volunteered to serve with the RAF in Bomber Command. 55,573 did not return. In 2012, a memorial was built in central London to remember their sacrifice.
Now in its 4th year this is an annual fund-raising opportunity for Bomber Command, supported by Squire?s Garden Centres. As Colin Squire, Chairman of Squire?s says : ?70 years ago this rare breed of men were flying above the fields of Surrey and Sussex and their incredible bravery is widely thought to have helped the Allied Forces win World World II. 2014 is especially poignant with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and 100 years since the start of the First World War. Please come along to meet and pay respect to the bravery of the survivors and to help them raise funds to support the upkeep of the memorial so that future generations will remember the significance of Bomber Command.?