A Norwich care home paid tribute to D-Day heroes as it launched a national remembrance initiative.

Cavell Court, part of Care UK, marked the start of its partnership with the Lamp Light of Peace Initiative, remembering those who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy 80 years ago.

Residents and team members received their 'Lamp Light of Peace' as part of D-Day 80.

98-year-old RAF veteran Ken, resident of Cavell Court, received his lamp from pageantmaster Bruno Peek CVO OBE OPR, who is spearheading the D-Day 80 national commemorations alongside the Lamp Light of Peace initiative.

Ken said: “I enjoyed receiving the lamp, and it was similar to the ones used during the war. 

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"I am proud I served in the RAF, and it is important to remember.”

Home manager at Cavell Court, Karen Curle said: “Many residents at the home were in the armed forces, or have lived through World War II – so to them, the D-Day anniversary is an incredibly significant occasion to pay tribute.

 “Ken especially was honoured to be the recipient of our Lamp Light of Peace and meet Bruno Peek, it was a truly special day for him. 

“We’re now looking forward to join over one hundred of Care UK’s homes in the ceremonial lighting of our Lamp Light of Peace later this year.”

D-Day 80 medals were presented to Ken and 90-year-old resident John, a Royal Navy veteran. A commemorative pin from the King’s Coronation was also given to Betty, whose husband was an RAF pilot.

Bruno Peek said: “Many people in residential and nursing homes have a direct connection with war through relatives involved in conflict, including the Normandy invasion. 

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"Taking part in a lamp lighting ceremony will enable them to reflect on the dedication and sacrifice made by their forbearers."