The 6th June 1944 is fixed in the memory of WWII veterans as the date of one of the most important wartime operations ever planned and executed. In June this year, twenty-five veterans will be visiting Normandy, courtesy of the Taxi Charity, to remember the part they played and the friends and comrades they lost seventy-four years ago.
In the week after their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent supporting The D Day Darlings on 28 May an amazing group of nonagenarians will be visiting the scene of The D Day Landings in Normandy. The WWII veterans have forged many friendships on the various trips that the Taxi Charity arranges but this Normandy trip is always a very special event for everyone involved.
On the journey over to Normandy the ferry will slow down allowing the veterans to say a prayer and cast a wreath to remember all those that lost their lives at sea on 6 June 1944.
The trip to Normandy has a packed itinerary including; a visit to the Memorial Pegasus Museum at Benouville, Ouistreham, to scatter the ashes of a charity collector, Pegasus Bridge for midnight commemorations, Bayeux Cathedral for a commemoration service, Arromanches to watch the parade, a Remembrance service at Grangues and then on to Sword beach and Piper Bill Millin statue to meet the Collville Montgomery Mayor.
Notes to Editors
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune and more commonly referred to as D Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation was the beginning of the liberation of German-occupied north western Europe from Nazi control and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Dates of the veterans visit – 4- 8 June 2018
A full itinerary is available on request
The visit will offer a superb photo opportunity.
Interviews can be arranged with a veteran, a taxi driver or Taxi Charity, Vice President, Dick Goodwin.
The Taxi Charity coordinated the group of veterans who supported The D Day Darlings on Britain’s Got Talent on Monday 28 May 2018
Vice President of the Taxi Charity
Tel 07941 772264
Vice Chairman of The Taxi Charity
Tel 07979 802948
Graham Pike, London licensed taxi driver and Taxi Charity Committee Member
Tel 07760 316878
About the charity
The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was formed in Fulham in 1948, to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of military veterans and arranges many trips every year for veterans from all conflicts.
The charity offers international trips to Holland, Belgium and France, UK day trips to concerts or museums, transport to attend fundraising events, as well as special days out to catch up with friends and comrades.
To fund and facilitate these outings, the charity is wholly reliant on generous donations from members of the public, businesses and trusts and the amazing group of London licensed taxi drivers who offer their time and vehicles for free.
To find out more about the charity or to donate visit the website http://www.taxicharity.org/.