This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and veterans of the historic operation are being invited to be involved in the commemorations.
To mark D-Day 75, the Government has announced events in both Portsmouth and Normandy, with a specially-chartered boat taking veterans from Portsmouth to Normandy as part of the commemorations.
The D-day Normandy landings marked a pivotal moment in the Second World War when forces from the Allied nations gathered in Britain to launch a combined naval, air and land assault to liberate Europe in June 1944 and I am proud that we are marking this anniversary in such a special way.
Thanks to funds from The Royal British Legion and HM Treasury, those veterans wishing to take part in the journey can do so, along with their carers if applicable..
Other key commemoration events include an inauguration at the site of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s British Normandy Memorial and The Royal British Legion’s services at Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Cemetery. The events will conclude with an evening of music and entertainment for veterans beside the beaches at Arromanches.
Portsmouth will be the focal point and the city’s council is planning a series of events over five days to reflect the area’s unique role in this key historical military operation.
This will include a military parade along the seafront, performances by military bands and a flypast featuring period aircraft. There is also going to be the first ‘Portsmouth Revival festival’ celebrating the food, music, dancing and vehicles of the time.
D-Day veterans or those who would like to help a veteran attend the commemorations are asked to register with The Royal British Legion using the forms available on their website at: www.britishlegion.org.uk/community/d-day-75/