D-Day veterans and school pupils invited to reception with Coventry Lord Mayor on 6th June 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Local Normandy veterans get civic recognition

Local press and media are invited to join Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Gary Crookes, Normandy veterans and secondary school students for an informal reception in the Lord Mayor’s Suite at 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. on Monday 12th May, Coventry Council House, CV1 5RR.

June 6th 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings – the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. To mark the occasion, local charity Normandy Day UK and local media company, jam-av, is making a peace education film that will be premiered in Coventry Cathedral on 6th June, with a community peace picnic. On 19th May the charity is taking a group of Normandy veterans on a four day commemorative visit to the beaches and battle sites of Normandy, accompanied by a photographer and film crew.

To honour the contribution these young men and their colleagues made to our freedoms and way of life, the Lord Mayor is hosting a reception in his hospitality suite at 2.00 p.m. on 12th May, prior to their Normandy visit a week later. The group will be joined by some secondary school students from our partner schools in Coventry and Warwickshire who have been trained by jam-av to interview veterans for the film.

Dennis Davison, 91, Normandy veteran and founder of the Normandy Day UK charity said:
“I was a young man when I was sent to Normandy, where I saw many like me perish. This may be our last opportunity to return and remember the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we enjoy today. The film means that our memories will live on for the benefit of future generations, long after we’re gone.”

Further information: Andy Duncan, Co-ordinator, Peace Through Unity ajd100@virginmedia.com, 07939 105706

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