Please read the attached two documents regarding travel restrictions in Normandy.
As you are aware, the Mairie of Colleville Montgomery wish to provide a light lunch for veterans after the 11am ceremony in front of Monty’s statue on 5th June 2019. They are aware of the high level of interest that has been expressed through SONT. Because this is a special anniversary there will inevitably be space constraints for the lunch and some veterans are travelling with a sizeable group of supporters. The Mairie request that veterans (or widows), with a carer, and immediate family members be given priority access to the lunch, they are catering for approximately 70. If this is oversubscribed, in order that others may have access to lunch, we have been assured that there is a local snack shop adjacent to the sea front where the veterans are lunching and they are being asked to have a good stock of sandwiches and snacks that can be purchased. There will also be a crepe van at the site to provide a variety of choice. The supermarket that is just down the road from the statue has been rebuilt following a major fire and will be open that day and we are told that they will have a wide variety of snacks and foods available. We appreciate that this may not be ideal and the Mairie are disappointed that they will not be in a position to accommodate everyone but we are sure that you will understand the reasons. The Mairie is providing, as they have done for many years, a vin d’honneur following the commemorations to which everyone attending the ceremony is invited. The Mairie and all of us at SONT are delighted at the great response and look forward to a well attended and meaningful time together.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust is currently
receiving a very high number of requests
to interview Normandy Veterans, many of which we are still working on to
achieve the best results. The process is lengthy and complicated because of the
GDPR regulations, and takes a great deal of time. The Trust has no employed staff and every
request needs to be actioned by a limited number of volunteer staff. Additionally we have a duty of care to the
veterans to ensure that they are not exhausted by the number of interview that
they are asked to undertake. Therefore, regrettably, we are unable to accept
any new media requests relating to D Day veterans at this time.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust and The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans took six Normandy Veterans to a formal Mess dinner at the invitation of the Military Academy at Shrivenham. The veterans were there as guests of honour as the dinner was being held to Mark the 75th anniversary of D Day. They were treated to an excellent meal and enjoyable evening.
On Saturday 4th May, Mary & Ian Stewart were privileged to be invited by the Southend Normandy Veterans Group along with members and other guests, including Trevor Beattie & his brother Pete, to attend the 99th birthday celebration of Don Sheppard Leg.d’hon. It was a most memorable evening shared by his family, many friends and long term supporters of the veterans. After the splendid meal Don presented a cheque for £3000 to the Spirit of Normandy Trust.
Such donations, are very much appreciated, especially in this 75th Anniversary year of the Normandy Campaign during which the Trust has many extra commitments, for events and to help ensure the wellbeing of the veterans; but also to ensure that pledges made can be continued well into the future.
A big THANK YOU to all concerned.
A painting commissioned to mark his 99th birthday by the artist, Patience Williams.