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PM and French President to attend June 6 inauguration

Photo: A 'D-Day Sculpture' by British sculptor David Williams-Ellis has been commissioned by the Trust and will be one of the centre-pieces of the memorial park’s official inauguration Image: The Normandy Memorial Trust

 

Both Downing Street and the Élysée Palace have confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the inauguration ceremony of the British Normandy Memorial on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A ‘D-Day Sculpture’ by British sculptor David Williams-Ellis has been commissioned by the Trust and will be one of the centre-pieces of the memorial park’s official inauguration Image: The Normandy Memorial Trust

The ceremony, including the unveiling of the D-Day Sculpture by David Williams-Ellis, will be held at the site in Ver-sur-Mer at 8.30am local time.

The memorial will honour the more than 22,000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who died fighting under British command during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. It will stand on a commanding site overlooking ‘Gold Beach’ near the town of Ver-sur-Mer. It was along this coastline that thousands of troops under British command landed on June 6, 1944. The Ver-sur-Mer site was the overwhelming choice of veterans consulted by the trust.

French authorities have stressed security will be tight and attendance at the ceremony will be by invitation. Live video footage of the event will be streamed to the Royal British Legion facility in Bayeux for other veterans and their families.

The main service of remembrance will take place at Bayeux Cathedral at 10am followed by the service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Bayeux.

The Royal British Legion is asking veterans and other British visitors to regard Bayeux as the main focus of attention on the morning of June 6 where special facilities are being set up to accommodate guests attending the 75th anniversary.

In the last few days preparations for June 6 continued with the foundations laid for the installation of the plinth and sculpture and thick vegetation cleared opening up the view across to the blocks of the Mulberry Harbour off Arromanches.

For more information visit https://www.normandymemorialtrust.org/

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