During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chelsea Pensioners have been inundated with messages of support via our Pensioner Pals portal.

We have also received video messages of support from some of our long-term friends, which we will share here for all of the Chelsea Pensioners to enjoy.

The Reverend Richard Coles:

Tanni Grey-Thompson:

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“What I remember about VJ Day is fighting for my life”

75 years has passed since the Japanese surrendered and World War II finally ended. Today we acknowledge the crucial part those soldiers in the Far East played in winning us the freedoms we enjoy today.

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VJ Day - letters from a POW Pensioner

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or VJ, Day. On 15 August 1945, Imperial Japan surrendered, effectively bringing the conflict to an end. To commemorate this significant year in the legacy of the Second World War, we have explored our collections and the stories behind some of the artefacts that relate to war with Japan.

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