D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations

29 Apr 2014 03:33 PM

On 6 June this year the United Kingdom, along with its friends and allies, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The largest amphibious landing the world had ever seen was crucial to the allied victory in Europe in 1945 and will be commemorated on both sides of the English Channel.

The Under Secretary of State for Defence Lord Astor said:

The Ministry of Defence is working closely with a range of stakeholders including the Normandy Veterans Association, the Royal British Legion, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Portsmouth City Council and the French authorities in order to ensure that all commemorative events are a success.

In France, there will be 3 main events on 6 June. These are:

  • an international ceremony, organised by the French government, on Sword Beach attended by heads of state; a number of veterans will also be invited to attend
  • a United Kingdom-France service of remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, followed by a special event at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
  • a service organised by the local community and the Normandy Veterans Association at Arromanches

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