Remembering the past
We are proud of both our long history and the veterans we support. This year saw us and our Members take part in several significant commemorations, both here and abroad.
It was the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the fighting in Normandy, and we accompanied many of our veterans who had taken part in the campaign to France to visit those they left behind, and the areas where the conflict took place.
Several of our veterans also received the Legion D’Honneur from a grateful France for the sacrifices they made during the Normandy Campaign.
We also held a series of commemorative events at our Centres, finishing with a special dinner in London onboard the warship – and D-Day veteran herself - HMS Belfast.
Telling veterans' stories
This year saw us launch our new Unseen Voices podcast, which features our veterans telling their stories – for the first time in many cases.
Remembrance is always a key time for us, and this year we proudly took part in the march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Our wreath was laid by 96-year old former Bletchley Park codebreaker and member, Margaret.
“I marched with Blind Veterans UK for the first time last year and it was absolutely fantastic. A former Chairman of the charity pushed my wheelchair and I was given the honour of carrying the poppy wreath. I was a Remembrance Sunday organiser in Shirebrook for decades but never got to lay the wreath there."Margaret, blind veteran
Victory Over Blindness
We celebrated the first anniversary of our Victory Over Blindness statue with a series of events, these included:
- A street theatre recreation of the statue in Manchester
- A commemorative coin dedicated to our first veterans
- Our Vision In Song choir singing at the switching on of Colchester’s Christmas lights later on during the year
- A second ‘statue march’ in Beeston, Nottingham