Veterans Day was created as part of the Government?s initiative to recognise better those who have served in our Armed Forces. This year Veterans Day will be held on Friday 27 June 2008.

For generations our Armed Forces have served their country across the world in many roles from war fighting, peacekeeping and reconstruction to home defence. In so doing, they have defended the UK, the UK?s way of life and its cherished values. A large number of our veterans are young and active and now use the skills, the discipline and the leadership qualities they learned in the Armed Forces to benefit their civilian employers and the wider community.

To promote recognition of veterans by the wider British public the unique and unifying symbol of the HM Armed Forces a Veterans Badge was introduced. Its symbolism is intended to unite all veterans in recognising the commonality of their service, to encourage a sense of unity and community between surviving veterans and to ignite public recognition of current veterans and their continuing contribution to society.

To commemorate Veterans Day, the special HM Armed Forces and UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge is available to all Veterans who may be eligible.

If you should have any queries with regards to this press release please contact:

Dave Hatfield, Defence Section, British High Commission, Bridgetown, BARBADOS BB 11000

? Telephone: 1 (246) 430 7809

? Fax: 1 (246) 430 7851

? FTN: 8389 2856

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