The British government may be changing its mind over the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings this summer.
The Prime Minister said late yesterday (19th March) that he would be happy to attend a commemoration ceremony in Normandy on June 6th 2009.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: ‘If it were decided by the organisers that heads of government should be there, then the Prime Minister would be very pleased to be there.
‘From our point of view, there is no question about the British Government’s commitment to veterans and participation in this event.’
At the same time, the Ministry of Defence has agreed to hold new talks with the leaders of the Normandy Veterans Association, to whom they have refused any aid or co-operation so far. Veterans minister Kevan Jones said he would meet leaders of the NVA next week to ‘see what help and support we can offer’. To date there is no promise of financial help for the Veterans and their carers.
However, the general public have already donated thousands of pounds to the Normandy Veterans Association, which is attempting to raise £500,000 for the 500 veterans who are still fit enough to travel. See previous post for details. https://visitnormandy.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/appeal-to-help-british-veterans-visit-normandy/