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76th Anniversary of D-Day (D-Day 76)

In 2020 we're asking the nation to remember the impact that leaving, missing and, returning home has on service men and women and their loved ones – then and now. The anniversary of D-Day brings this message to life as we remember one of the most important battles of the 20th century, a battle that paved the way for the liberation of Western Europe. 

We remember the British, Commonwealth and, Allied forces who from land, sea or air contributed to the success of the largest amphibious operation in history. 

French civilian greets British troops after D-Day

Coming home

Many of those who saw service on D-Day had left home many hundreds or thousands of miles away to fight for freedom and democracy. Some of those landing in Normandy, Commander Philippe Kieffer’s and French Commandos, would be returning to their homes and to France itself for the first time in years, winning a hard-fought reunion with their countrymen. All those that were part of D-Day knew well that when you serve home means so much more.

Coming home

Many of those who saw service on D-Day had left home many hundreds or thousands of miles away to fight for freedom and democracy. Some of those landing in Normandy, Commander Philippe Kieffer’s and French Commandos, would be returning to their homes and to France itself for the first time in years, winning a hard-fought reunion with their countrymen. All those that were part of D-Day knew well that when you serve home means so much more.

For the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the Legion is arranging commemorative services in Bayeux in Normandy on Saturday 6 June 2020.

Starting with a joint United Kingdom-France service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, and followed by a Remembrance service at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery.

  • Commemoration Service: 10am, Bayeux Cathedral
  • Remembrance Service: 12pm, CWGC Bayeux War Cemetery

Services will feature music from a military band, and readings from veterans and others. They are 45 minutes long, and there will be a parade from the cathedral to the cemetery.

D-Day veterans plus chaperone must register to attend both the cathedral and cemetery services. There are also limited spaces available for the UK general public to attend the Remembrance Service at the cemetery.

Registrations for both veterans and the general public will open in early March.

Any questions?

Please get in touch with the Commemorative Events team.

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