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Princess Anne meets Irish WWII veterans

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  • Princess Anne meets Irish WWII veterans

    10/09/2004 - 5:32:48 PM

    Dozens of Ireland’s World War II veterans turned out to greet Princess Anne tonight on her last official engagement in the country.

    Anne spoke with each of the elderly Army men and women at a reception at Dublin’s Leopardstown Park Hospital to highlight the UK Big Lottery Fund’s scheme to allow heroes to return to the battlefields.

    Frank Robinson, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Ireland, said there was now far more recognition of the people who had fought in the world wars.

    Twelve Irish war survivors from Dublin, Galway, Tipperary, Cork and Waterford have already travelled back to the areas they fought in under the scheme.

    Mr Robinson said: “There is now a growing acceptance in this country of the honourable part played by these men and women who served in the British forces during World War II and we are grateful for that understanding.

    “The liberation of Europe, which began on June 6, 1944, was the foundation stone on which the united Europe in which we live and work was built.”

    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.