His Royal Highness joined more than 20 D-Day veterans, along with hundreds of members of the public, at the service which was held in Heroes' Square before laying a wreath at the Normandy Campaign Memorial. The service of Remembrance was organised as part of The Royal British Legion's commemorative programme for D-Day 75, and was led by the Arboretum's honorary chaplain.
Along with a Two Minute Silence, the service also featured music, poetry and first hand accounts from the time. The Duke read an extract from the speech delivered by King George VI on D-Day.
Following the service The Duke met the D-Day veterans invited by The Legion, hearing more about their contributions in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day on 6 June 1944.
The largest amphibiouts operation in history, D-Day marked the beginning of the liberation of occupied Western Europe. An operation of extraordinary complexity, requiring the collective effort of 13 nations; the support of tens of thousands of members of the French Resistance; the expertise of meteorologists; scientists and inventors; and the cunning and deception of all of Britain's and it's Allies' secret services.
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