The Burma Star Association exists to relieve need, hardship or distress among men and women who served in HM and Allied Forces or the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign of the 1939-45 war or are otherwise entitled to be holders of the Burma Star or Pacific Star with Burma Clasp and for their widows, widowers or dependants.
This memorable day started with a Service arranged for FEPOWs at St Martin’s in the Fields during which the Association’s President, Viscount Slim gave a reading, the National Chairman recited the Kohima Epitaph and Frank Morgan, National Standard Bearer, carried the Standard into the church.
In the afternoon, following the arrival of the Prime Minster, and then their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Drumhead Service on Horseguards began with an RAF Fly Past. During the Service a number of members had active roles including Viscount Slim, John Giddings, Rev Roy Day and John Riggs. Frank Morgan paraded the Standard during the Service.
On completion of the Service veterans were offered the chance to March down Whitehall to Westminster Abbey Gardens for a reception where they were joined by the three VIPs. Many elected to ‘borrow’ a wheelchair, which were made available by TRBL.
Thousands lined Whitehall to cheer them on their way, “nothing like this when we came back from Burma” one veteran was overheard saying.
A thoroughly good day was had by all the veterans attending.