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Normandy veterans hold service to commemorate anniversary of end of Normandy campaign

By HEDanielClark  |  Posted: August 24, 2014

  • Normandy Veterans at the memorial in Torre Abbey at the service to commemorate the end of the Normandy conflict

  • Normandy Veterans at the memorial in Torre Abbey at the service to commemorate the end of the Normandy conflict

  • Memorial stone to the end of the conflict at Torre Abbey

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NORMANDY veterans gathered together to pay tribute and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Normandy Campaign.

The poignant service, which takes place on the Sunday closest to the August 20 each year, recognises the end of the Normandy campaign, and was attended by the remaining Normandy veterans, and will be the last under the banner of the Normandy Veterans Association, who will be disbanding later this year.

Chairman of South Devon's NVA Ken Sturdy, 94, said: "We always make a point to commemorating this day.

"Our numbers have declined from about 50 veterans ten years ago but some of us are still around and there were around seven of us there on Sunday."

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The service was officiated by the Honorary NVA Officiating Chaplain, The Reverend Haydn Jones and included the Lords Prayer and the Normandy Veterans Prayer being read aloud, a wreath was laid at the NVA stone in Torre Abbey, before the Last Post was sounded before a minute's silence.

The NVA will be disbanding nationally in November, but in South Devon, they will be carrying on as a Normandy Club.

Mr Sturday added: "We will be carrying on for as long as we have the will and spirit to do so."

On October 16, 2014, there will be a ceremony at The church of St Margaret, Westminster Abbey, for the laying-up of the national standard before the association formally disbands on November 21.

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