If your friend, grandfather, uncle etc took part in the Normandy landings, help spread the word!
This year alone, over 300 people have benefited from tours of remembrance to the Normandy beaches. The trips are being financed by the fines paid by the banks involved in the Libor rate fixing scandal and the Treasury has pledged to fund further trips to Normandy in the spring and autumn of 2016.
The tours are arranged to give veterans the opportunity to return to areas of personal significance. Remembrance Travel, who are organising the tour, also offer bespoke group tours to veterans, groups of friends and societies/clubs.
Each tour will be accompanied by a medic and a guide from the Royal British Legion but in order to provide additional support and assistance if needed, a carer and a close relative of each veteran can also travel free of charge.
The five-day tours will depart from London and will include a ferry crossing from Calais to Dover, accommodation, visits to Pegasus Bridge, Juno, Sword, Gold beaches, Bayeaux Cathedral and war cemetery, plus visits to personally specified cemeteries too.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said: “It is only right that all D-Day veterans have the chance to travel to Normandy, where they so bravely fought for our freedom. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to use £1m of Libor funds for this purpose, using fines from those who have demonstrated the worst kind of values is being used to support those who have demonstrated the very best of British values.”
Normandy veterans wishing to participate in a tour should apply via Remembrance Travel’s website www.remembrancetravel.co.uk, or telephone Remembrance Travel’s tour operator, Arena Travel on 01473 660800. A friend or relative can also apply on their behalf.