The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced the launch of “Lighting Their Legacy”, a comprehensive programme of events designed to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. This initiative aims to foster connections between veterans and younger generations and ensure the torch of remembrance is passed on.

Starting 50 days prior to the anniversary, the programme will feature a series of events held across the United Kingdom, culminating in a significant commemoration in Normandy on 6th June, the date of the D-Day landing. These events are intended to honour those who served during this critical moment in history and also to educate and involve the public in the act of remembrance.

D-Day refers to the large-scale landing operation on 6th June 1944, when Allied forces launched a combined naval, air, and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. This operation marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. It involved the coordination of millions of military personnel and is regarded as one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history.

Remembering D-Day is crucial so we can collectively honour the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought as well as acknowledge the pivotal role this event played in the restoration of peace and stability in Europe. “Lighting Their Legacy” seeks to highlight the importance of this historic day and its impact on the world.

The public is invited to participate in these events. For those interested in joining the effort or seeking more information, details are available on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website. The commission encourages educational institutions, community groups, and individuals to get involved in this important act of remembrance.

By engaging with “Lighting Their Legacy”, participants will contribute to keeping the history of D-Day alive, ensuring future generations understand the significance of this day in our shared past.

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