Last en-masse reunion of Normandy veterans to take place at IWM Duxford

By Culture24 Staff | 04 September 2009
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a photograph of the back of men wearing berets silhouetted against the sky watching a flypast of aeroplanes

Courtesy IWM Duxford

In the 65th anniversary year of the D-Day Landings, Imperial War Museum Duxford is to host the last en-masse reunion of World War Two Normandy veterans.

Over 1000 veterans and guests are expected to be in attendance for the poignant and historic day at the Museum on Sunday September 13.

Visitors to IWM Duxford will be able to chat to the veterans and see a flying display of performance piston aircraft by The Blades display team. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also perform a flypast with a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane.

The day will conclude with a sunset ceremony where the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will Beat the Retreat and fallen comrades will be remembered in time-honoured tradition.

Peter Hodge, Honorary General Secretary of The Normandy Veterans Associationsaid: “Nostalgia of previous events at Duxford ensured this to be the preferred location for the last en-masse gathering of veterans who have contributed to The Normandy Veterans Association, the most extensive and successful veteran association in the World.”

The Normandy Veterans Association was formed in 1981 to encourage the 1944 spirit of comradeship irrespective of rank or social position and to promote contact between former comrades. It also works to inform younger generations of the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom.

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