Remembrance Travel is the travel arm of the Royal British Legion. Remembrance Travel was awarded significant funds from the Treasury from LIBOR fines to offer D Day veterans a free tour of remembrance back to Normandy: the nation’s ‘thankyou’.
Our challenge was simple: there’s no database of D Day veterans so please use the power of the media to get veterans to sign-up.
We need you! We needed to get news editors on our side and make them feel it was their duty to spread the word about these free tours for veterans. We wanted to engage with veterans, their children and grandchildren in spreading the word.
A media campaign was created to target all national and regional newspapers, BBC radio and TV news channels. Interviews were set-up with the Legion’s well-known Normandy veterans, tour operator and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Letters to the editors were drafted and distributed to all editors in chief. TV crews were invited to join the first wave of veterans returning to the beaches.
A series of features of veterans telling their D Day story and their return to Normandy were recorded and sold to the media as a series of exclusives.
Emotive photography was shot to boost the media and social PR campaign.
The PR campaign achieved coverage in The Sun, Metro, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and Independent as well as over 150 regional press titles, ITV regional news and over 20 BBC radio stations.
In 2017 the campaign proved so successful that a further five tours were organised to cope with the unexpected increase in D Day veterans signing-up.
The campaign won a consumer relations GOLD CIPR PRide award.
“The media campaign has awoken the public’s awareness of our LIBOR funded tours. Thanks to Big Wave PR we’ve been able to take hundreds of Normandy veterans back to the beaches, perhaps for the last time, for them to pay their respects to fallen comrades.”