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D-Day 70 commemorative events

87 year-old Reg Ketteringham compares medals with 4 year-old Jack Needler whose grandfather Wilfred Needler landed on the same beach on D-DayThere were a variety of events held on both sides of the channel to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

On 6 June, the Legion and the Normandy Veterans Association organised a United Kingdom-France Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, followed by a special event at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery.

A number of veterans also attended an international ceremony organised by the French Government on Sword Beach and a service held by the Normandy Veterans Association at Arromanches.

More information about the events in France is available here.

And in the UK there were events at Portsmouth and the National Memorial Arboretum and a BBC Radio 2 concert with associated auction. Details available from the links on the left.

Thank you to everyone who joined with us in sending messages to our veterans and to those who gave their lives, as part of this landmark anniversary. 

Other events

Portsmouth and in particular Southsea held a number of anniversary events and activities including a free 'Sunset Concert for Heroes' and a Red Arrows display. More information can be found at the following locations:

June 6 is celebrated as Normandy Day in France and there were many local celebrations taking place. Visit the Normandie Memoire website for more information. 

A mass parachute jump took place in France on 5 June, carried out by members of the 16 Air Assault Brigade. The jump was over the village of Ranville, in Normandy, which was liberated by the British 13th Parachute Battalion in 1944.

Other event information can be found at  dday70.wordpress.com

Flag planting

Flags on beach at Asnelles

The Legion again planted thousands of flags at Asnelles in Normandy (part of GOLD beach used by British Forces on D-Day) bearing messages of support and thanks to those who took part in Operation Overlord.

Images of this and similar activity from previous anniversaries can be viewed in our D-Day anniversary photo gallery.

Poppy Press

Poppy Press D-Day 70Our supporter's newsletter Poppy Press published a special edition for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

You can read this commemorative issue of Poppy Press here.

Please use this link if you would like to sign up to receive Poppy Press regularly.

Remembrance Travel tours

Remembrance Travel is the specialised travel arm of the Legion and has been providing Pilgrimage and Battlefield tours since 1927. They are experts in guiding veterans returning to where they saw active service or family members visiting graves or memorials of lost loved ones.

There was a special anniversary Normandy tour held this year and it is run most years if numbers permit. There are a number of tours to other locations with 70 year anniversaries also available. Second World War veterans applying for funding with Heroes Return 2 are encouraged to contact Remembrance Travel for assistance.

Visit www.remembrancetravel.org.uk for details.

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