D-Day veterans’ returning to Normandy for the 70th anniversary will be accompanied by film crew

Veterans invited on an expenses paid commemorative visit to Normandy

Coventry based charity Normandy Day UK is inviting veterans of the 2nd World War Normandy campaign for an all-expenses paid trip to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June. The four day three night visit will be from 19th to 22nd May and is part of a larger project to make a short peace education film. Veterans who played any part in the Normandy campaign can also apply to bring their spouse and a carer. Widows can also apply. All expenses will be met by the Lottery Heroes Return fund. To record their experiences for future generations, veterans may be asked to be interviewed for the film, which will be distributed to all UK secondary schools to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Guests will be based at Bayeux and the precise itinerary will be agreed by the group. Coventry travel agent Harry Shaw Travel will organise the trip to the group’s specifications. The trip will be led by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lerwell (Retired), who accompanied the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee tour of the Rifles Museum in Salisbury and has managed many MCC cricket tours.

Dennis Davison, 90, Normandy veteran and Chair of Normandy Day UK, who is behind the trip, said:
“It will be an honour to take a group to join those coming from around the world on this pilgrimage. We owe our freedom and way of life to the sacrifices of our compatriots 70 years ago. This may be the last opportunity for those who remain to pay their respects. It’s getting more difficult each year to make the journey. This may be my last chance and I hope others can join me. It could be an emotional few days. Filming it will mean that future generations will never forget.”

Interested veterans are invited to email their contact details and/ or those of a carer, to Andy Duncan at ajd100@virginmedia.com, or phone 07939 105706 to discuss it further.

The film will be launched to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June and will be marked by simultaneous ‘peace picnics’ in many UK secondary schools and other nations participating in the D-Day landings. The film will be available to all secondary schools in the UK to download.

Unedited film footage and veteran interviews will be held by Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in perpetuity.

Notes to editors:

The grant application for the Normandy trip will be made to The Big Lottery Heroes Return fund.
The peace education film is funded by Armed Forces Covenant Grant, which improves links between former service people and local communities, and a Heritage Lottery Sharing Heritage grant, which documents our unrecorded heritage and makes it available to the public.

Leamington based company, jam-av, have been appointed to make the film: http://www.jam-av.com/

Normandy Day UK is part of an international network whose mission is to promote and celebrate the legacy of peace and freedom enjoyed in Europe as a result of the sacrifices of a few. We do this by preparing educational material, conducting school assemblies and promoting ‘peace picnics’.

Further information
Andy Duncan, 07939 105706 or ajd100@virginmedia.com

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