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Royal British Legion hosts D-Day 65 events

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The Royal British Legion will host D-Day 65 events at both Normandy and Portsmouth this coming weekend.


Normandy

In Normandy, commemorative events will be held in Caen, Arromanches and Bayeux including a Service of Remembrance in Bayeux Cathedral.


On the beach at Asnelles, which formed part of the British landing beach ‘Gold’, thousands of flags with messages of thanks from the public will be planted by school children. They will be joined by D-Day veterans and dignitaries who will join them on Saturday to plant their own flags.


Portsmouth

In Portsmouth, Southsea, the site at which tens of thousands of troops set sail for Normandy 65 years ago, the Royal British Legion will be recreating a 1940s themed party.


The mood will be one of celebration. Young and old alike can enjoy the funfair with traditional rides and free entry to the D-Day museum, while picnickers enjoy the music, dancing and military vehicle display.


The Memphis Belles Swing Orchestra, jazz band and Lindy Hop dancers will bring to life the atmosphere of the 1940s and ensure everyone is kept well entertained throughout the day.


The event will end with a fantastic display from the Red Devils parachute team.




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