Wed, 23 Jun 2021

VER-SUR-MER, France: A memorial to the 22,442 British soldiers who died on D-Day and in the months afterwards in Normandy was dedicated on Sunday, the 77th anniversary of D-Day.

The names of all of the British soldiers who died are inscribed in stone, atop a hill at the memorial.

"It's a great privilege to be here today. We have wonderful cemeteries in the area and this is a final permanent reminder. It's a reminder of the 22,000-plus young men who were gone so we could live the sort of lives we have now," said 97-year-old David Mylchresst, one of the few veterans who were present for the dedication, according to United Press International.

Other attendees included American Charles Norman Shay, 96, and 97-year-old Leon Gaultier of Britain.

For the second year, attendance at the D-Day commemoration was limited due to the Covid pandemic.

Also speaking at the ceremony, French Armies Minister Florence Parly said, "We know what we owe the soldiers of liberty. Today we pay homage to the British soldiers. France will never forget. France is forever grateful."

Allied troops crossed the English Channel to invade Nazi-occupied Europe on June 6, 1944. It is believed 4,414 allied soldiers died on the first day of the assault

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a message to those at the dedication, stating, "The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere marched with them. Seventy-seven years on, we thank and remember them."

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