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D-Day Veterans - Royal British Legion organised tour of battlefield remembrance sites

The Royal British Legion’s D-Day 75

For the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, The Royal British Legion offered a fully funded Normandy tour to 300 D-Day Veterans.

In partnership with Arena Travel, The Royal British Legion chartered cruise ship the MV Boudicca in a sailing from the UK to Normandy for 300 veterans who helped liberate France during the Second World War free of charge as a part of their commemorative events. Decorated in The Royal British Legion’s red poppy decor, Boudicca set sail from Dover, taking the veterans to Dunkirk, Poole, Portsmouth and Le Havre, where they attended a series of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, which took place on June 6, 1944.

Bob Gamble, The Royal British Legion’s assistant director for commemorative events, said: “D-Day 75 was a momentous occasion and The Royal British Legion is proud to have put the veterans at the heart of everything we did. The events they took part in allowed the whole world to pay tribute to their bravery and sacrifice. We would like to thank all our partners who helped take the veterans back to Normandy on what was a historic and deeply moving voyage. Now they are safely back home, the Legion will still be there for them whenever they need us.”

Source: Royal British Legion