UK Ministry of Defence Announces "Normandy 70" Support
31 January 2014
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will, together
with the UK Ministry of Defence, support commemorations this
summer to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings in
France, taking place 5-6 June 2014.
Personnel from all three Services will provide logistic and
ceremonial support to the commemorations, known as "Normandy 70",
and will assist veterans of the campaign as they mark this historic
anniversary in Normandy.
The Armed Forces will support a range of events taking place in
the Normandy region. Major commemorations will include ceremonies
on the 5 June to mark the liberation of Ranville by the British
13th Parachute Battalion, the first village to be liberated on
On 6 June, a United Kingdom-France Service of Remembrance will
take place at Bayeux Cathedral organised by The Royal British
Legion and the Normandy Veterans Association, followed by a special
event at the CWGC's Bayeux
A number of veterans will also attend an international ceremony
organised by the French Government, and a service held by the
Normandy Veterans Association at Arromanches.
The Ministry of Defence is working closely with partners across
Government and with external agencies to deliver a fitting
programme of commemorations to mark the anniversary. These include
the Normandy Veterans Association, for whom this year will be of
particular significance, as they have indicated it will be the last
that they will officially mark.
Later this year, the Association plans to officially disband and
lay up their National Standard at a service at St Margaret's,
Westminster, London. Working with the MOD on events and support to
veterans will be The Royal British Legion. Another partner is the
CWGC, the organisation that commemorates Commonwealth Forces who
died in the two World Wars, and custodians of the cemeteries where
Commonwealth casualties of D-Day are buried.
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