Royal British Legion Announces Plans for D-Day 65
Celebrations on both sides of the English Channel will mark the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, the start of the most decisive battle in modern history, as heroes from D-Day and today are honoured by The Royal British Legion.
On Saturday, 6th June 2009 – or “D-Day 65” – the Legion will be taking heroes from D-Day and today to the Normandy beaches in honour of the 165,000 Allied Forces who took part in the landings.
The D-Day heroes will also take part in commemorative services organised by The Royal British Legion at the majestic Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy, the spiritual home of the Normandy Landings as well as the Norman Conquest nearly 900 years earlier.
A beach in Normandy, used by British Forces in the invasion, will be planted with thousands of Union Flags chosen from among the 5.5 million that have been sent out by the Legion across the UK to be inscribed with messages of thanks and dedication.
The flag mail-out is part of a £2.5 million fundraising appeal in association with the D-Day anniversary, to further the work of the Legion in supporting veterans, Service personnel and their families.
Members of the public in England and Normandy will meanwhile be invited to a major outdoor celebration, picnic, and pop concert in Portsmouth, with additional picnics in Weymouth, Coventry and Christchurch. Picnics on both sides of the Channel are being organised by the Legion in partnership with Normandy Association and Normandy Association UK.