Little Ships Deserve Veteran Status

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships has asked Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer to give the boats veteran status.

Ian Gilbert, the vice admiral of the ADLS has written to the Minister, “That it be considered that the Little Ships be recognised for their unique role in our heritage” by being designated as “veterans” under the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant is a commitment to treat veterans fairly and with respect which the group said could be applied to the boats, as a form of recognition for the unique role these little ships played in one of the most important events in our history.

The Trust has contacted Sir David Amess, our MP and also the Trust President to support the request. Of the 850 vessels which went to France in 1940 fewer than 100 survive. Many, like Endeavour, have been rescued and restored. Some, like us, are charity-supported but others are privately-owned and maintained by their owners.

Few human survivors of Dunkirk are left now as most will be about 100 years old.

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