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TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the town on Friday 29 January 2010 and met with those involved in the repatriation tributes including members of the Wootton Bassett Branch of the Legion.
The Legion's Anne Bevis and town mayor Steve Bucknell received The Sun newspaper's "Millie Award" on Tuesday 15 December 2009 on behalf of Wootton Bassett, in recognition of the town's outstanding support of the Armed Forces. The award, presented by Prince William, was won last year by Help for Heroes.
The awards were started by the newspaper in 2008 to recognise military achievement, with a special category set aside for an organisation or charity that best shows support for the Armed Forces. Said Prince William: "One of the most remarkable things is that the people are so modest, they refuse to accept any praise."
Wootton Bassett Branch was also recognised with a special award at the 2009 Royal British Legion Annual Conference, in appreciation of 'the outstanding service given by the branch in honouring the fallen Service men and women'.
"No one organised it, no one requested it," explained the Legion's National President, Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely. "It happened because it was the right thing to do, and our members stood ready to give these fallen heroes the honour they so richly deserve."
There have been over 100 repatriations passing through Wootton Bassett since RAF Lyneham was first used for this duty in April 2007. Read the BBC story on the town's involvement here.
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