More than 100 D-Day veterans returned to Normandy today
The men – all in their 90s – travelled in style in a convoy of 90 iconic London black cabs, accompanied by family members or carers.
The 120 veterans included Harry Card, 91, who served on HMS Swift on D-Day in 1944 when British and Allied forces began the liberation of Europe from the Nazis by storming ashore on the beaches of Normandy.
Harry, from Orpington in Kent, was accompanied by his son Lee as they paid their respects to the fallen at Bayeux Cemetery.
Former glider pilot Laurie Weeden, originally from Guildford in Surrey, marked his 95th birthday by returning to the battlefield where he turned 22 in the face of enemy fire.
He was one of the first men in on D-Day, ferrying in troops to blow up strategic bridges to the east of the invasion beaches to stop German armour moving in.
Former glider pilot Laurie Weeden marked his 95th birthday by returning to the battlefield
The trip is likely to be the last run by the Taxi Charity For Military Veterans
Men dressed with US 101st airborne division military uniforms walk on the beach during commemoration
The trip is likely to be the last run by the Taxi Charity For Military Veterans because the numbers of veterans who can take part is dwindling.
But charity secretary Paul Davis, 67, from Barnet, north London, said it had been a great success. He said: “We wanted to give something back to people who gave everything for us.”
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