Salford student carries Royal British Legion national standard at London VE Day 70th anniversary commemorations

Monday 11 May 2015

An adult nursing student from the University of Salford played a leading role at this weekend’s Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) 70th anniversary celebrations. 


John Thornhill, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, is the youngest ever deputy national standard bearer for the Royal British Legion and carried the organisation’s national standard during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe at London’s cenotaph on Friday 8 May.

The final year student then carried the flag at a concert at Horse Guards Parade on Saturday and also participated in a service at Westminster Abbey and a parade on Sunday.

John said: “My current position in the Royal British Legion means that I carry either the national standard or the union flag in all ceremonial state events involving the Legion.

“It’s an incredible honour for someone of my age to be able to carry the national standard. It was  a tremendous series of events and I really enjoyed being a part of it.”

John is currently in the process of joining the Royal British Legion reserves.