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Second World War: Veterans remember Dunkirk evacuation

By Dominic Harris

British and French veterans gathered at a cemetery in Dunkirk for a moving ceremony to remember those who were lost during the Second World War evacuations.

Dozens of soldiers, sailors and airmen, including those currently serving, packed into Dunkirk Military Cemetery in the French port town.

Sitting proudly among them were a handful of British veterans who were rescued from the Dunkirk beaches during Operation Dynamo 75 years ago.

Before the ceremony, servicemen and their families wandered among the plinths bearing the names of those who had died.

The service, attended by dignitaries and Prince Michael of Kent, the honorary admiral of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS), was led by Royal Navy chaplain Gordon Warren.

He said: "A huge number of organisations are laying wreaths in memory of those that didn't make the evacuation from Dunkirk. The ADLS have come over in memory of that evacuation. Some 338,000 were rescued - what a miracle."

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