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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 D-Day.

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 War Cemetery.

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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