Normandy travel help for veterans

Thursday 30th March 2017 4:30 pm
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THE travel arm of the Royal British Legion is continuing its free tours to Normandy for D-Day veterans enabled by Libor fines.

The charity Remembrance Travel is now also offering further Libor-funded tours to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for those D-Day veterans unable to travel overseas or who would prefer to pay their respects to their fallen comrades in the UK.

The tour to the National Memorial Arboretum will take place over the D-Day anniversary (June 4-7) and will include threenights of accommodation, visits to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Cannock War Chase and the German cemeteries, participation in commemorative events at the arboretum plus a gala dinner on June 6.

Nichola Rowlands, head of Remembrance Travel, said: “We’ve been running Libor-funded tours to France for D-Day veterans to pay their respects since 2015, but for those soldiers that are now in their 90s not all are able to make the journey back,” she said.

“It’s vital that all D-Day veterans and their families are included in this remembrance pilgrimage to ensure all remember the sacrifice so many made for our freedom.”

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, added: “These Libor-funded tours are a token of our nation’s immense debt of gratitude to those who gave so much both for our freedom and the freedom of Europe in the Second World War.”

To apply, call Remembrance Travel’s tour operator, Arena Travel, on 01473 660800, or visit arenatravel.com.

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