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‘We will remember them’ - Norwich commemorates D-Day landings

13:32 06 June 2014

D-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve Adams

D-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve Adams

Hundreds of people turned out in Norwich for a service of remembrance and commemoration on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

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D-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve AdamsD-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve Adams

Veterans and standards assembled at the War Memorial as bagpipes signalled the opening of the service.

Leading the memorial, the Rev Janet Wyer said: “We gather this morning to commemorate and honour all those who were involved in the D-Day Normandy landings that began just after midnight on June 6th 1944.

“We can look back and say that day, D-Day, was the day that saw the beginning of the end of the Second World War in Europe.”

The service was timed to match the one in Bayeux, and Rev Wyer said this was an important way of connecting with the Norfolk veterans in Normandy.

D-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve AdamsD-Day service for Normandy Veterans at Norwich War Memorial. Photo: Steve Adams

She said: “We are separated by distance… but we are united with them in this act of commemoration.”

Len Mann, chairman of the Norwich and District branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, read Laurence Binyon’s The Fallen, which was followed by the Last Post and a two-minute silence.

Mr Mann and MP Chloe Smith laid the first poppy wreaths on the memorial, followed by veterans and schoolchildren.

The standards then led the procession into St Peter Mancroft Church where General The Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, gave a reading.

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