Betraying D-Day hero’s

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Second World War veterans have criticised as “disgusting” the Government’s refusal to help them travel to France to attend the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

While America and Canada are paying for their veterans to travel to the event, British war heroes are having to stump up the cash themselves.

Thousands of them are hoping to travel to Normandy for the commemoration in June, which for many will be their last.

But the Ministry of Defence has told them that the next time public money will be used for a commemoration will be the 100th anniversary in 2044, when they will all be dead.

Bob Conway, 83, chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the Normandy Veterans’ Association (NVA), said: “I think it’s disgusting. Surely they can do something to help us old boys go over? We are pretty upset about it. We’re all over 80 now and for many this will be the last time.”

He and his comrades have taken to fund-raising in the cold in the middle of Trowbridge, where he lives.

He added: “It’s a struggle to raise all the money we need but it’s just a few thousand pounds. All our comrades from the US and Canada get their expenses paid for by their Governments but ours won’t give us a penny.”

He said it would cost £18,000 for all 30 from the Wiltshire branch to attend.

Some 156,000 British, American and Canadian troops surged on to the beaches of northern France on 30 June 1944, starting the Allied invasion of Normandy. More than a million were involved in the campaign that followed.

But their numbers are dwindling fast.

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A spokesman for the MoD said: “The MoD provides funding for the official commemoration of the 25th, 50th, 60th and 100th anniversaries of events of national importance.

“Funding was provided to the Normandy Veterans’ Association to mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings when it was acknowledged that this would be the last commemoration using public money

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2 Responses to “Betraying D-Day hero’s”

  1. Well done Cllr Golding and your’e BNP activists, excellent news for the BNP, bad news for Brown ! Onwards and upwards the BNP, The BNP weilding the mighty sword of TRUTH.

  2. Sorry i put the Paul Golding post under the wrong heading !…………No wonder the BNP have so much support from ex servicemen because this Government treats them like dirt, every foreigner, from all over the world gets more respect from this Government, that is why we have to vote the traitors out. BNP for me !

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