A Normandy veteran and his family at the National Memorial Arboretum

D-Day 77 Livestream

The British Normandy Memorial was officially opened on Sunday 6 June as we marked the 77th anniversary of D-Day in a special event at the National Memorial Arboretum.

In partnership with the Normandy Memorial Trust we hosted this year’s D-Day commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum for Veterans and families unable to travel to Normandy because of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Normandy veteran carrying wreath
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A Normandy veteran arrives at the National Memorial Arboretum with a wreath
Normandy veteran sitting under umbrella at the National Memorial Arboretum
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A Normandy veteran shelters from the rain under an umbrella 
Normandy veteran at D-Day 77 event at National Memorial Arboretum
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Normandy veteran at the D-Day 77 commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum
Rear Admiral Luc Pagès presents Légion d'honneur awards to Normandy veterans
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Rear Admiral Luc Pagès presents Légion d'honneur medals to Normandy veterans
Representatives of Armed Forces lay a wreath to mark D-Day 77
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Representatives from the Armed Forces lay wreaths to commemorate D-Day 77
Normandy veterans lay wreaths at the National Memorial Arboretum
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Normandy veterans line up to lay wreaths to commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day at the National Memorial Arboretum
RBL representatives lay a wreath to commemorate D-Day 77
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Representatives of RBL lay a wreath to commemorate D-Day 77

 

They watched live coverage of the opening ceremony from the British Normandy Memorial site in Ver-sur-Mer together with coverage of RBL’s service of Remembrance at The Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery recorded earlier that morning.

British Normady Memorial

British Normandy Memorial

The British Normandy Memorial, designed by British architect Liam O’Connor, records the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944. Inscribed in stone, their names have never, until now, been brought together.

Film still from the D-Day landings showing commandos aboard a landing craft on their approach to Sword Beach, 6 June 1944. A Sherman Firefly tank comes ashore, 7 June 1944. Troops of 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade disembarking with bicycles onto Nan White beach, 6 June 1944.

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The largest amphibious operation in history, D-Day marked the beginning of the liberation of France and Western Europe during the Second World War and was years in the planning.

It drew on the knowledge of meteorologists, scientists, inventors, the combined might of militaries of 13 nations and assistance of tens of thousands of members of the French Resistance.

It involved vast deceptions and secret operations to ensure success.

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