Veterans given award for years of service

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THE Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association (NVA) has been presented with a special award for their years of service by the British Museum.

The Normandy veterans were announced the South East region winners of the annual Marsh Award for Museum Learning at a ceremony held on Monday.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture leisure and sport at the council, said: ‘I am determined to make sure the city council continues to support this excellent work with the veterans - and bring in more funding from the Lottery and elsewhere - to make sure their sacrifices and fight for all our freedoms today, remain alive forever.’

The annual award, organised by the British Museum and Marsh Christian Trust, recognises the hard work of volunteers working in British museums.

Andrew Whitmarsh, D-Day Museum development officer at the council, said: ‘The local Normandy veterans have been coming to the D-Day Museum for many years.

‘Being able to talk to the people who witnessed the events of 1944 really does bring this period of history alive for our visitors.’