D-Day Landings: Anniversaries

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on plans for the joint UK - French commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings; and what steps he is taking to encourage veterans to attend those events.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The D-Day landings and Normandy Campaign are a significant part of our history and I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will be fully supporting the 75th anniversary, both at home and abroad. Plans are currently at an early stage but we are working closely with The Royal British Legion and other organisations to determine how best to recognise and support the D-Day veterans, whilst commemorating their fallen colleagues. For instance, in June this year a joint announcement between the MOD and The Royal British Legion took place to encourage veterans to register their interest in attending D-Day75 events so that commemorations could be designed around their own wishes. The MOD will unveil more details about D-Day75 via the gov.uk website in due course.

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