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
"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."