Today saw the 4th annual Veterans Day at Swanshurst School, Billesley organised by Steve in conjunction with the staff at the school.


They were joined by almost a hundred veterans from many branches of the armed forces, including the Land Army, Coldstream Guards, Burma Star and Bevan Boys.


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The 4th Annual Veterans' Day will take place this Monday July 11th at Swanshurst School. The event includes a parade and lunch for the Veterans to enjoy. The lunch has very kindly been provided by the Moseley Round Table.

Before and after lunch students fromt he school will have the opportunity to talk the Veterans about their wartime experiences.

Steve McCabe MP said:

Steve recently joined the family and friends of Elsie Webb for her 104th birthday celebrations. Mrs Webb worked as a seamstress after leaving school and during World War 2 worked on an anti-aircraft gun crew. She lived independently at her home in Small Heath until after her 100th birthday.
She has been a lifelong Labour supporter and met her husband through a young socialist society. When greeting Steve she asked him which party he was a member of and upon hearing that he was a Labour MP said that he was very welcome.

As part of the Faces for the Forces campaign Steve has spent the last week asking people in his Birmingham Selly Oak constuency to join him in recording a goodwill message to the troops in Afghanistan this Christmas so that they know that people back in the UK are thinking of them.

Steve's message and those from people across the constituency including the Kings Norton Royal British Legion and the Moseley Round Table are shown below.

At the British Legion event Steve was told about the charity’s new strapline, ‘Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve’, and about the difference the Legion is making in the local area. Steve also learnt more about the Legion’s ‘Time to do your bit’ campaign amongst MPs, as well as its concern that the Government should support bereaved Armed Forces families through a Chief Coroner’s Office.

We have a debt of gratitude to repay to all these Veterans who gave so much for our way of life. Each year, in conjunction with Swanshurst School, I organise this event to ensure that my local Veterans are thanked the way they ought to be. It also gives students a valuable opportunity to talk to people about a way of life which is almost incomprehensible to them. It reminds us how lucky we are and what might have been if people like those at the event today had not stood firm.

I have publicised my annual Veterans’ Day event by posting a personal invitation to local land girl Lilian Coomber. This year’s invite is unique however, as it has been posted using the first class stamp from the most recent commemorative set of stamps, Britain Alone, which features land girl Mona Mcleod.My annual Veterans’ Day event, organised in conjunction with Swanshurst School , has gone from strength to strength.

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