Organising Veterans Day 2009

A week or two ago I sent the following E-mail to Cambridgeshire County Council:

Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,

I have been searching on the internet and in newspapers and it seems that
Cambridgeshire is doing nothing on Veterans' Day (27th June) to support our Armed Forces and the wonderful job they do.

Veterans' Day should be high on your agenda as a council due to the fact that we have some regular soldiers stationed in Waterbeach plus some RAF bases in the area. We also have Territorial Army, Royal Marines Reserve and RAF Auxiliary units in Cambridgeshire.

If the council do nothing for this years day then I would like a guarantee
that something will be organised for next year and for years to come.

Yours Faithfully,
I got back the usual "This has been forwarded to the relevant department" E-mail. After about a week I was planning to send another E-mail to them when I recived this reply:

Dear Mr. Mazur

Thank you for your enquiry about Veterans Day on 27th June and the Council's involvement.
You will appreciate that the Council has responsibilities for the whole community across Cambridgeshire in providing vital services and we must be proportionate in our allocation of resources. However, the Council does engage with a wide variety of community events and activities, and we gave a substantial grant towards the Territorial Army’s 100th anniversary celebration in Ely.

I understand that the Ministry of Defence normally sponsors or instigates significant local events around the Veterans Day and the Council has not received any direct engagement from them. We would not normally initiate commemorative events but we will attend and sometimes support them, when invited to do so. The Council has not been asked to participate in or otherwise support any local events around Veterans Day, but I understand that a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire will be attending the main Veterans Day event in Blackpool.
As far as I am aware the only event in the County is the service at Waterbeach Barracks on 28th June, though there may be other remembrance services that are not widely advertised.

If you have a specific proposal on behalf of a community organisation then the Council can consider appropriate involvement in time for next year's Veterans Day.
Yours sincerely

Councillor Tony Orgee
Chairman, Cambridgeshire County Council
This, to me, looks great. Do you think this is a "blank cheque" so to speak?

I would like to E-mail the local units, set out a program etc. Is it as simple as that?

Any ideas/help in organising would be very welcome.

If anyone tells me how, I could attach the letter I got as a word file (it was attached to the e-mail).


(If this is in the wrong area, please move it).
It certainly looks promising.
My advice to you would be this.
Firstly, decide exactly what it is you would like to see happen. Would you like a parade, a formal ceremony/service. Displays, stands?
Approach all the units you would like to be involved and see if they would be keen to take part, also see what they may be able to provide for you.
Approach the RBL and any other such organisation and ask them to get involved.
Only after you have your plan should you then approach the council.
Respond to them and let them know that you would like to get something organised and that you will contact them again when you have further details.
Getting in touch with your local news papers may also be a good idea.
Also any walt/re-enactment/living history blokes may be a good thing.
They can put on some excellent displays that can be quite educational and they bring the punters in.

Good luck!
It's not a blank cheque. It's saying "It's got bugger all to do with us. If you want some thing doing, you organise it, tell us what your plans are and we'll let you know if we'll allow it. But we will have somebody available to be invited as a senior guest so that it will appear to Joe Public that we started the ball rolling."

If you're serious about organising one for next year, actually look into the massive undertaking that you'd be embarking on. It's not something that you can knock up in a few hours of your spare time. And for it to go well, you need to get inside the minds of everybody else involved and make sure that they're all pulling in the same direction.

Look at these to get some ideas:

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