78th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE – JUNE 06: The Patrouille de France fly over The British Normandy Memorial during the opening ceremony on the 77th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2021 in Ver-sur-Mer Normandy, France. The British Normandy Memorial, officially opened today, is inscribed with the names of 22,442 men and women who lost their lives during the invasion of France in the summer of 1944 and is the first memorial in Normandy to commemorate those who fell under British Command. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images for Normandy Memorial Trust)

On the 6th June World War II veterans and other visitors gathered in Normandy for the 78th D-Day anniversary to pay tribute to the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the US, Canada and elsewhere who landed there. 

This year’s D-Day anniversary comes after two successive years of the Covid-19 pandemic restricted or deterred visitors. The celebrations paying tribute to those who brought peace and freedom to the continent have a special resonance this year as war rages once again in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. 

Video recorded from the BBC Breakfast programme on the 7th June

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