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London, UK – 4th October 2011 – Members of the British public are being invited to nominate their local RAF heroes for a seat at ‘The Salute to Bomber Command Banquet’ on November 8, 2011 being held at the Natural History Museum.
The event celebrates the building of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park and will raise funds to ensure its preservation for the future.
The Memorial is a tribute to the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II fighting for the freedom they never lived to see.
How to nominate your hero:
10 retired or serving men and women from the RAF, selected from the nominations made by the British public, will be invited to attend the banquet. Nominations must be received by October 28 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to Salute to Bomber Command, C/O The Event Business, 5, West Bar, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 9SD. Nominations can also be made over the phone, 01295 220580.
Nominations are open to all retired or serving men and women from the RAF and should include a brief 50-100 word explanation about your hero and what makes them an inspiration to you, name, rank, period served, unit or squadron, and their contact details. Winners will be notified by Nov 1.
How to donate:
At a time of national support for all of Britain’s serving armed forces, and as our thoughts turn to remembrance, donations to the Bomber Command Memorial fund can also be made at: http://www.bombercommand.com/donate-now/
Other useful links:
About the event: http://www.theeventbusiness.co.uk/bombercommand/
To find your local RAF Association: http://www.rafa.org.uk/areas-branches.asp
To find your nearest RAF base: www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/stations.cfm
Follow our journey on twitter @bomber_command and Facebook www.facebook.com/rafbombercommandmemorial
The bravery, sacrifice and crucial role of the 55,573 bomber command crew, in freeing Europe from the catastrophe of Nazi Germany, has never been properly acknowledged until now.
All Bomber Command aircrew were volunteers and around 10,000 airmen were made prisoners of war. Now, nearly 70 years on, The Bomber Command Association are determined that their heroic sacrifice will be recognised.
The building of the Memorial has been enabled through generous support and donations of which a staggering £7 million has been raised so far. However, another £1.5 million is still required to fund the cost of maintenance, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has agreed to take on the guardianship once the memorial has been erected in early 2012.
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