May 20 2013 Latest news:
The Evening News’ campaign to help Norfolk’s D-Day heroes fulfil their final dream to return to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the longest day has received a welcome boost thanks to fundraisers.
A city soldier who ignored heavy shelling in order to make the Normandy beaches safe for his comrades has died, aged 91. STACIA BRIGGS celebrates the life of Ernie Mears, the quiet hero who found himself in the thick of the action on D-Day.
A campaign to raise £20,000 to send Norfolk’s Normandy Veteran’s back to France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day is a third of the way towards meeting it’s target. Today, Stacia Briggs speaks to Norwich veteran Len Fox about the Longest Day.
The cash has been rolling in since we asked you to open your hearts and help Norfolk’s D-Day heroes to fulfil their final dream: to return to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the Longest Day. STACIA BRIGGS remem-bers her visit to Normandy in 2004 and the importance of the pilgrimage to the veterans.
Every year, D-Day veteran Reg Burge returns to Normandy, desperate to piece together the final moments before a German tank blew him out of the armoured car he was driving, killing his friends and leaving him with a heartbreaking memory loss which has haunted him for decades.
In war they were enemies, but in the field hospital in Normandy they were simply patient and nurse, forging a bond that remains almost 70 years after they met in the bloody aftermath of D-Day.
The young men who once nervously waited for the signal to move forward are now in their 80s and 90s.