Chancellor announces £500,000 funding for graves and memorials
The members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association were really delighted to hear of this award and are very grateful for it. Since 2003, through the Association, the living holders of the two awards have supported the restoration of the graves of Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients and the creation as well as restoration of memorials in honour of the valour and sacrifice of those who have served their country and fellow man. Over the years they have supported the restoration and or creation of approximately 65 graves and memorials, as well as given advice and established links between interested parties to enable the funding of and work on many others. They are now very excited that the future of their work and their involvement is assured thanks to the level of this award.
The 29th Biennial Reunion of the Association was attended by 21 members and four widows of VC and GC recipients. The images above give a flavour of the week and much thanks is due to their President, HRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and the De L'Isle family who hosted a wonderful visit to their home, Penshurst Place.
The VC and GC Association Biennial Reunion is due to take place in London between the 9th and 13 th of May. A number of key events will take place to mark the occasion, including a President's Tea Party at St James' Palace, an Official Reunion Dinner at the Union Jack Club and a Remembrance Service.
The VC and GC Association have officially launched the new and improved website (vcgca.org). The website's aim is to inform and educate the public on both the Victoria Cross and George Cross, whilst also acting as a central source of information on all past and present holders. In future, the website will allow access to the Association’s huge archive of historical records on former members.