No more would Britain’s Normandy veterans walk in their hundreds through the white serried rows of headstones. Never again would they encircle en masse the Cross of Sacrifice, their standards dipped in respect. So as Bayeux war cemetery, a British shine and last resting place for 3,935 whom age would never weary, provided a fitting backdrop to this emotive swan song, the old boys claimed the occasion with dignity. They are in their 80s and 90s now, so Friday was a last rally of the blue-blazered brigade as D-day passed into history. The Normandy Veterans’ Association will exist no more from November, as age defeats its ranks. Those who could, stood with pride under a fierce sun. For those who needed one, there was a discreet arm to lean on. Others paid their respects from wheelchairs, bars groaning with medals hanging from their chests. A deafening flypast – two spitfires, a Dakota and a Lancaster bomber – brought gasps and announced the arrival of the Queen. At 88, she is of their generation and they connect with her. So it seemed fitting she was present at this last hurrah in Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated from the… Read full this story
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