The “long overdue” British Normandy memorial was officially opened yesterday – on the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
About 100 veterans and their families who were unable to attend the ceremony at Ver-sur-Mer because of coronavirus restrictions, gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. They sat, socially distanced on wooden benches to watch the proceedings remotely.
The £30 million memorial, funded by the British government and private benefactors, was designed by Liam O’Connor. It sits overlooking Gold Beach, which was one of three sites where British forces landed on the morning of June 6th 1944, to begin the liberation of western Europe during the Second World War.
The memorial records the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command, who died in the Battle of Normandy that summer. Until now their names had never been brought together.