I am head of travel for the travel arm of the Royal British Legion (RBL), Remembrance Travel, and I’m trying to find every surviving D Day veteran.
The Treasury is enabling free tours for D Day veterans to return to Normandy and pay their respects to their fallen comrades.
The six-night tours are funded by the Treasury from LIBOR fines, and will enable a D Day vet to return with a family member and carer.
The 2017 tours are in March, April, May and September and will give Normandy veterans – now mostly in their 90s – the chance to revisit the Normandy beaches, cemeteries and memorials.
The tours will be accompanied by a medic and a guide from the RBL.
The tours will depart from London and will include Eurotunnel from Dover to Calais, accommodation, visits to Pegasus Bridge, Juno, Sword, Gold beaches, Arromanches, and war memorials, plus visits to personally specified cemeteries.
There is no database of D Day veterans so we’re calling on the goodwill of the media and general public to spread the word.
If you know a veteran, please do let them know about our tours.
Normandy veterans wishing to benefit need to apply to our tour operator, Arena Travel on 01473 660800, or visit www.arenatravel.com/journeysofremembrance.
Nichola Rowlands, Remembrance Travel, London SE1