MP hosts presentation to celebrate veterans' achievements

June 26, 2009 9:52 AM

Veterans BadgeCambridge veterans, who served in the armed forces, will be presented with special badges in recognition of their service by the city's MP David Howarth.

Mr Howarth is hosting a presentation afternoon at the Guildhall on Saturday, July 18 to honour the city's veterans.

Some have already accepted the invitation to attend the event between 2pm and 4pm and he would like to hear from others who would like to receive the Veterans Lapel Badge.

The badge features the words: "HM Armed Forces - Veteran" and encompasses the tri-service anchor, crossed swords and eagle motif. Its symbolism is intended to unite all veterans in recognising the commonality of their services.

Veterans who have served in HM Armed Forces are entitled to receive the Veterans Badge. Posthumous badges are also issued to widows and widowers receiving either a War Widow's/Widower's pension from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency or Survivor's Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces compensation scheme.

Mr Howarth said: "This presentation will honour those people locally who made a valuable contribution through their service with the armed forces, often in extremely difficult circumstances while putting their lives on the line.

"The Veterans Lapel Badge not only acknowledges that service, but it celebrates and raises public awareness of their achievements.

"I am looking forward to meeting these people and hearing their individual stories."

Anyone eligible for a Veteran's Lapel Badge who would like to attend the presentation ceremony is asked to contact David Howarth's constituency office on 01223 304421 or send an email to beavene@parliament.uk

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