Veterans’ emotional journey

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SECOND World War veterans from across the North East will revisit the places where they fought for their country and commemorate fallen comrades.

 So far, the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) Heroes Return 2 programme has awarded nearly £230,000 to Second World War veterans, widows, spouses and carers across the region.

 Today, BLF is urging veterans who have not yet been able to travel on a Heroes Return 2 grant to apply for funding under the extended scheme, which closes in December.

 James Turner, BLF head of region for the North East, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we can continue to support and encourage our veterans to make their poignant journeys.

 “I urge veterans across the North East who have not yet applied to apply now for a commemorative trip in 2011 to revisit the places they served.

 “A huge debt of gratitude and recognition is owed by today’s society to that special generation of men and women who fought across the world during the Second World War.”

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