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D-Day 70: Royal British Legion vows to keep annual service

A veteran remembers colleagues at the service of remembrance at the D Day Stone memorial on Southsea seafront.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141651-13)

A veteran remembers colleagues at the service of remembrance at the D Day Stone memorial on Southsea seafront. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141651-13)

WE WILL carry out this service for years to come.

That was the commitment given by Arthur Nelson, chairman of the Portsmouth Royal British Legion.

He has vowed to ensure the legion continues to host a memorial service to mark the D-Day anniversary.

It comes after the Normandy Veterans’ Association announced it will disband in November this year, due to falling membership.

Mr Nelson said: ‘It has been magnificent to see some of the younger people here.

‘We will carry on doing this service for as long as we can, and we will be here again next year.

‘We want to thank everyone for coming.

‘Thank you to the veterans for attending, thank you to council members.

‘And thank you to the school children for attending, too.

‘We will be doing this again next year.’

Mr Nelson said that he has organised the memorial service for the past 15 years.

He added: ‘It’s something we have to keep going because it’s a very important date in our calender.

‘We have to keep remembering, just like we do with the First World War.’

 

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