THE Royal British Legion invites you to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) – the first all-women unit and the first time women were formally part of the UK Armed Forces.

To mark the milestone, and the wider contribution that women have made to UK military capability, the Legion is asking all women currently serving or who have served to attend a drumhead ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 7 July.

Organisations such as the First Air Nursing Yeomanry, Special Operations Executive and Land Army will also be remembered for their key role in the war effort.

Charles Byrne, director general of The Royal British Legion, said: “This is an opportunity to recognise the vital role of women in the UK Armed Forces. The roles of women in the Services have changed beyond recognition over the last century but throughout that time their contribution has been critical to the UK’s military campaigns.”

Online registration is now open ( and the closing date for all applications is Wednesday 24 May. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 020 3053 7216.


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