Although D-Day Revisited’s primary objective is to offer assistance veterans of the Normandy Campaign who wish to commemorate the anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France, we also like to create opportunities for veterans to come together on home ground.
With every passing year it becomes more challenging for veterans to make the journey to Normandy and we understand that whilst the mind may be willing the body is not always able. By organising an additional event in the UK each year, we hope to give those veterans who cannot manage the long journey to France a chance to mingle and reminisce together closer to home.
These events have varied over the years from school visits to grander, weekend long affairs such as the Liverpool Blitz 70! event we organised in conjunction with the City of Liverpool branch of the Royal British Legion in 2011. One or two have been fundraisers, but most have been driven singly by the will to bring veterans together and create opportunities for them to share their stories with younger generations.
In recent years we have been fortunate to be invited to bring a group of veterans to the Goodwood Revival which takes place in September. This nostalgic event is always such a treat for the veterans and their wives, who enjoy it immensely. The immaculate theming and attention to detail brings back many memories of days gone by and the veterans themselves are always treated like VIPs. We thank the Goodwood Team for helping us to celebrate these men and women.
And that’s just the point really, our aim is always to celebrate our veterans and treat them with the respect they deserve. In our eyes each and every one of them is a national treasure of whom we should all be very proud.
As we lead up to the final grand anniversary of the D-Day Landings in 2019, we understand that many veterans may not be able to make the journey to Normandy and so these more local events become more important.