By Alex Glenn • 06 June 2021 • 12:02
British Normandy Memorial to Be Unveiled In France To Mark 77 Years since D-Day Credit: Pixabay
British Normandy Memorial to Be Unveiled In France To Mark 77 Years since D-Day.
The British Normandy Memorial is set to be unveiled today, Sunday 6, only a few kilometres from Omaha Beach.
This year’s events like last year have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and many veterans have been unable to travel to France to pay tribute.
The monument is to be inaugurated outside the Ver-sur-Mer village, which is only a few kilometres away from Omaha Beach. The monument pays tribute to the men and women who sadly died on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy who were under British command. Over 22,000 names are written on the monument.
Sunday will see multiple ceremonies in commemoration of the 77th anniversary of D-Day. Over 150,000 Allied troops were carried by boat and landed on the beaches which had been codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold.
This is the second year that commemorations have been severely affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, many veterans and families of D-Day soldiers have been unable to travel to France.
The events that are going ahead in public though have been limited to a small number of guests. Denis van den Brink, a WWII expert commented to The Associated Press that: “the big absence is all the veterans who couldn’t travel.”
“That really hurts us very much because they are all around 95, 100 years old, and we hope they’re going to last forever. But, you know …”
“At least we remain in a certain spirit of commemoration, which is the most important.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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