War veterans attend D-Day Remembrance Service in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 12:40 06 June 2011
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War veterans in their late 80s and early 90s braved the rain today to remember those fallen friends and colleagues who never came back on the 67th anniversary of D-Day during an emotional service in Norwich.
Every year there are fewer of them but those left are determined to carry on by honouring and remembering fallen heroes.
Remaining members of the Norwich Normandy Veterans Association, accompanied by family and friends, stood proudly in front of Norwich’s new-look war memorial for the Service of Remembrance.
The service was conducted by the Rev Canon Peter Nokes of St Peter Mancroft Church. He said: “Today marks the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the end of the second world war, one of the most audacious operations in military history.
“The date of June 6 1944 will be forever burned into the souls of the proud soldiers who risked life and limb in pursuit of liberty for Europe.
“156,000 British, American and Canadian troops landed or were parachuted onto French soil at the start of the D-Day operation.
“Today, we remember them with gratitude as we pray for the fallen.”
After prayers several wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial including one by Lord Mayor Jenny Lay and the city’s sheriff Chris Higgins.
Just before 11am a two minute silence was observed by the veterans, their families and members of the public who had come to remember those who gave their lives on this significant day.
People had been urged to attend the service by Jack Woods, branch secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association, who is one of a number of veterans who have returned to France to commemorate the anniversary.
Mr Woods said: “The Battle of Normandy was an important event in the annals of history. It should be held annually. Your support will help to make it so.”
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