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HRH Prince Michael Of Kent marks Dunkirk anniversary

20 May 2015

HRH Prince Michael of Kent will join veterans and pilgrims at The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's (CWGC)Dunkirk Memorial on Friday 22nd May to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied evacuation of Dunkirk.
 
His Royal Highness is Honorary Admiral for The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, who will be returning to Dunkirk to commemorate the significant role they played, alongside the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1940 - codenamed Operation Dynamo.

Allied forces fighting to defend France against German forces during the early stages of the Second World War were forced back to the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, where they were then evacuated across the Channel to England.

The CWGC Dunkirk Memorial commemorates more than 4,500 members of the BEF who died between September 1939 and June 1940 and have no known grave.
 
The commemorative event at the memorial has been organised by Dunkirk Town, and will take place at 3.30pm (CET). Members of the public are welcome to attend. For the first time, the CWGC is providing a live stream of the ceremony via the website at www.cwgc.org

The ceremony is one is one a series of commemorations taking place in the town over the weekend - including a CWGC staffed exhibition on board the Princess Elizabeth, a paddle steamer that took part in Operation Dynamo and is now moored in Dunkirk.

The CWGC's Head of External Engagement in Western Europe, Carl Liversage, said: "It is an honour for the CWGC to support the commemorations of this historic event and to welcome His Royal Highness, veterans and their families to the Dunkirk Memorial and Town Cemetery.

"For many, their visit will be a highly emotional experience, a chance to pay their respects at the graves of comrades and loved ones. For younger visitors, it is a chance to gain a better understanding of those historic events of 75 years ago. For all of us, it is an opportunity to give thanks and remember."

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