Emotional trip to Normandy on the 69th D-Day Anniversary

Blogger: GemSen This Thursday, June 6, marks the 69th D-Day anniversary when some 156,000 allied troops launched a mighty seaborne invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France, to crack the Nazi grip on Western Europe.

Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, when American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along the stretch of Normandy’s 50-mile coast. British troops landed at Sword beach and Gold Beach, just outside the city of Caen, which went on to be liberated from German control. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. This biggest amphibious military assault in history was a crucial turning point in World War II and subsequently, the Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe. What an event to remember… According to an article by the Liverpool Daily Post, a group of D-Day veterans will commemorate the anniversary by making a trip to Normandy, thanks to Lottery funding. It is sure to be an emotional trip. The group of 100 survivors of the 1944 landings will spend five days in France and will be welcomed with a civic reception in their honour before attending a fireworks display at Pegasus Bridge at midnight, June 6. The veterans will then attend the official British Military Memorial Service at the cathedral at Bayeaux on D-Day as well as laying wreaths at the British war graves in memory of their fallen comrades. Apparently, the trip will also include a visit to a school in Caen to speak to French youngsters about their experiences. Before they left for France, the veterans were given a civic send off by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar. Pleased at being able to give his support, the Lord Mayor wanted to remind them that their brave efforts and courage they displayed 69 years ago will always be remembered and must never be forgotten. He said: “It has been a huge honour to meet the many veterans who have us our freedom, and I think it was only right that we give our heroes a civic send off.” Source: Liverpool Daily Post Do you have any WWII  heroes in your family? Comment below and tell us about them and the experiences they encountered. Or, maybe you are seeking information on your ancestors from WWII – search the Forces War Record site and gain new insight to your genealogy research. Why not take a look through our historic document library and discover publications from WWII and involving D-Day like 'Hutchinson's Pictorial History of the War, Series 24 No.9.'
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