Flypast in Normandy ends poignant 75th D-Day commemorations

Thursday - 06/06/2019 21:13
Thousands of visitors have gathered on a small Normandy seaside town to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

( Courtesy of Euronews )

Officials said it was an unprecedented turnout at Arromanches on Thursday and larger than other anniversaries.

Despite approaching nearly 100-years-old, around 300 veterans, mostly British, made the journey to the commemorations in the main square to remember their fallen comrades.

The day began at 7.25am local time with the tradition of a lone piper playing a lament on the remaining Mulberry harbour in the town called Port Winston.

The RAF’s Red Arrows fly over the beach at Arromanches
The RAF’s Red Arrows fly over the beach at Arromanches Credit: PA

This signals the minute the invasion began and the moment the first British soldier landed on Gold beach.

Standing atop the structure, Pipe Major Trevor Macey-Lillie, of 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners), performed Highland Laddie as crowds gathered on the beach below him and lined the promenade, applauding his performance.

Afterwards he said: "That was nerve wracking to do but I feel very proud and it was a privilege to do it."

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