27 June - what is the military significance?

AlienFTM

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#1
I got the impression from Sky News this morning that today has been designated Veteran's Day or something by a Labour Government that clearly doesn't want to recognise the one we (and most of the world) already have.

So this is the first one and it's on a Tuesday. So what is special about 27 June?
 
#2
As it is at the "Iron Chancellor's" instigation, I suspect it coincides with "Tax Free Day" - the day on which your tax obligation to the Treasury ceases for the year!
 
#3
AlienFTM said:
I got the impression from Sky News this morning that today has been designated Veteran's Day or something by a Labour Government that clearly doesn't want to recognise the one we (and most of the world) already have.

So this is the first one and it's on a Tuesday. So what is special about 27 June?
BBC said the reasons were .. day after VC/GC association service, and week prior to Somme commemmorations.

I think they were making it up. There's a previous thread about the new 'Gordon Brown creeping to the people Day'
 

AlienFTM

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rickshaw said:
As it is at the "Iron Chancellor's" instigation, I suspect it coincides with "Tax Free Day" - the day on which your tax obligation to the Treasury ceases for the year!
Don't be daft: we're only two and a half months into the tax year. Shirley Armistice Day is closer?
 
#6
Charles Stewart Parnell was born on this day in 1846. Maybe Brown sees himself in the same light.
Today is also Djibouti day. Yak'shemash everyone!
 
#7
and Dettingen was the last time a reigning british monarch (George II) lead there troops in battle personally
 
#8
How about the reason given on the MOD VETERANS AGENCY website

Following the success of Veterans Awareness Week in July 2005, which culminated in the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Government has decided to hold an annual Veterans Day on 27 June.
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We have a day set aside to remember the dead why not have a day to remember and thank those that survived or suffered mental and physical hardship on our behalf.

Well done chaps and thank you.
 
#9
15 infantry battalions fought at Dettingen – Grenadier Guards plus 3rd, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 37th and 62nd Regiments of foot. Most of the Cavalry fought too.

PWRR, Kingos, Rifles (D&D, RGBW and LI) Anglians, RRF, Royal Welsh (RWF), Yorkshire Regt (DWR) KORBR, and Royal Regiment of Scotland (RHF) have been awarded the battle Honour Dettingen. It's more of a case of who doesn't have Dettingen as a Battle Honour (the remaining Guards Battalions, Mercians, Royal Irish, Paras, Ghurkas and the RTR).
 
#10
Still doesn't answer the question as to why they randomly chose 27th June. Armistice Day has historical significance and as such has some meaning to the majority of the public. 27th June does not, I think the anniversary of Dettingen would be sadly lost on most people.
Or did they just plump for a date about halfway between VE and VJ Days?
 
#11
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm060327/debtext/60327-04.htm

The Government's decision to institute an annual veterans day on 27 June provides a major new opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that veterans have made to our country. Plans are progressing well for a London event, linked with the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria cross, which will pick up on the qualities of supreme courage shown by those who are awarded that medal.
Mr. Touhig: On the last point, I do not. As I said earlier, I am very keen that we hold 11 November in a special place in the hearts of the whole country as a day on which we solemnly remember those who made a sacrifice for our country to defend the freedoms that we enjoy today. Veterans day is meant as a celebration for veterans of all ages who have served our country at all times in the past...........We think that 27 June is the appropriate time of year to hold it for various reasons, such as the fact that it is away from 11 November and the time at which we celebrate Her Majesty's official birthday. I hope that everyone will see the day as a significant move forward to recognise our veterans' contributions, support it and do all that they can to make it a success
The medal was instituted on 05 February 1856 with awards retroactive to 1854. The first investiture of the Victoria Cross was made by Queen Victoria to 62 recipients on 26 June 1857 in Hyde Park.
 
#12
Could this be the day that the Grateful Nation pays the pension to all those ex squaddies who served before 1979 and who'se pay was set a lower level to fund a pension scheme that did not pay out unless they served the full 22years and were consequwently ripped off . Or .....is it to show how important the armed forces are to HMG as they have shown in so many other ways. It is interesting to notice that while it was instituted by the Chancellor no monies were allocated.
 

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