The original purpose of The Spirit of Normandy Trust is:
Welfare: Welfare for remaining veterans and their dependants, in liaison with SSAFA.
Education: for children and the general public about the events leading up to the Normandy Landings and the historical significance of WW2. This includes promoting the annual essay competition, organised in association with the Young Historian Project.
Since the disbanding of the NVA, the trust has adopted additional responsibilities which include:
- The maintenance of the Normandy Campaign Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
- The ongoing maintenance of the Montgomery Statue at Colleville-Montgomery in Normandy.
- The ongoing maintenance and attendance to The Spirit of Normandy plot at the Field of remembrance, Westminster Abbey.
You can download a leaflet about the trust here.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust was founded in 1994 by the late General Peter Martin CBE (former President of the NVA) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy campaign.
In May of 1994 The Spirit of Normandy Trust was founded by Major General Peter L.de C.Martin,CBE, and General Sir John Mogg, GCB, CBE, DSO*, DL. Sir John Mogg was President of the Trust and General Martin was Chairman. At their invitation a body of Trustees was appointed to administer and carry out the business of the Charity. On the retirement of Sir John, General Martin continued as Chairman until ill health dictated that he took the honorary role of President in March 2005. The office of Chairman is now appointed from the body of Trustees. The Trust promoted a major “Spirit of Normandy” Pageant at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in June 1994.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust, is a registered charity No. 1038121
75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings 1944-2019
This year commemorates 75 years since D-Day and the Normandy Campaign and we do hope you will be keen supporters of the Trust as we mark this important moment in British military history.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust supports welfare for veterans and promotes educating the younger generation and the general public about the Normandy Campaign, the events leading up to them and their historical significance during World War II. The Trust also maintains the Normandy Campaign memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and on-going maintenance of the Montgomery Statue in Normandy. We will also be playing a leading role in the organisation of the 75th Anniversary Commemorations in France and the UK including the Normandy veterans’ Reunion Weekend in Portsmouth 6th to 8th September.
We are proud to confirm Award Production’s continued support as sponsors of The Normandy of Trust. AWARD has previously raised over £90,000 for Normandy Veterans and the Trust from the commemorative Normandy Campaign Medal and related items. This year we have worked in association with AWARD and jointly commissioned the Normandy 75 badge to help raise funds and raise awareness of this historical event. This thoughtfully designed badge depicts the colours of the services, together with 5 bold white stars representing the five landing beaches and which was used to identify the Allied forces’ vehicles and tanks and is featured on a carefully selected range of products. Please click this link to make a purchase through AWARD.
Chairman – The Spirit of Normandy Trust