Second World War veterans from the UK who are planning to attend commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy this June are being asked to contact the Royal British Legion to make sure they can gain entry to the sites they wish to visit.
Due to the high profile nature of the 70th anniversary there will be security restrictions in place in Normandy, and accreditation is required for many of the events during the anniversary period.
The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) are jointly facilitating the accreditation required for sites in Normandy and veterans are being asked to contact the Legion as far as possible in advance.
â€˜Our priority is to ensure all D-Day veterans who wish to attend events in Normandy in June have the access they require to commemorate this very special occasion,â€™ said John Crisford, the national chairman of the Royal British Legion.
â€˜Itâ€™s understandable given the high profile nature of these events that some security restrictions will be in place, and itâ€™s the Legionâ€™s role along with the MOD to make it as straightforward as possible for veterans to attend,â€™ he explained.
â€˜The Legion and the MOD have the privilege of leading the nation in paying its respects to all those who fought and died in the battle through a series of events taking place on 05 and 06 of June,â€™ he added.
Over the coming months the Legion and the MOD will be working towards the commemorations, which will include memorial services at Bayeux Cathedral and the Bayeux War Cemetery.
Veterans and their families planning to travel to Normandy for 06 June are asked to contact the Legion either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to: â€˜D-Day 70â€™, The Royal British Legion, Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA.