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Anniversary: Veterans in France for D-Day services

By Tom Pugh

Published 06/06/2015

The legacy of Allied troops who died to help Europe gain freedom from the Nazis has been remembered in Normandy on the eve of the 71st anniversary of D-Day.

Wreaths were laid at Colleville-Montgomery beside a statue of British commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who commanded land forces, and prayers were said for the men who fought and gave their lives before a flypast took place.

Former troops including British veterans also gathered on Sword Beach, one of five Allied landing zones, to remember lost comrades.

Norwich and District Normandy Veterans' Association member Len Fox (90) said: "I was a motorcycle dispatch rider and landed at Gold Beach at 7.30pm on D-Day. It was very scary because we didn't know whether we were going to see our parents the next day, or even if we were going to survive."

Mayor of Colleville-Montgomery Frederic Loinard added: "It is a great honour and privilege for me today to speak to those who landed on these beaches."

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