Veterans mark D-Day milestone

June 25 2019

EVENTS have taken place across Bristol to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

On June 6 1944, the forces of 13 Allied countries gathered in Britain before launching the historic operation to liberate Europe by invading Normandy, which acted as a key turning point in World War 2.
On Sunday June 2, The Royal British Legion Bristol Poppy Appeal commemorated the event at a special concert held at The Redgrave Theatre in Clifton. Keep Smiling Through featured the Royal Air Force Association Concert Band, who performed songs by Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn, as well as guest appearances from some characters of the era including George Formby, Arthur Askey and Danny Kaye. Audience members were also encouraged to sing along and wave their Union Jacks during the show.
On Thursday June 6, a group of D-Day veterans (who are now aged in their 90s or over 100) took part in a ceremony in Castle Park, where plaques representing the five Normandy beaches involved in the operation - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Sword and Juno - were dedicated. Speaking at the event, veteran Ken Turner from Keynsham said: "My tank took a direct hit - two crew members died instantly and I don't know to this day how I survived because the tank was blown to smithereens. I see my two comrades lying there. You're haunted by the looks on their faces."