The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was delighted to take the biggest group yet of veterans to the British Normandy Memorial
This June, in a weeklong trip to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations, the Taxi Charity was finally able to bring a large group of veterans to pay their respects at the beautiful British Normandy Memorial situated above Gold Beach.
The Taxi Charity was thrilled to finally be able to take a group of 24 veterans, including 16 Normandy veterans, to the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer on 4 June.
Last year, the charity took veterans to watch the opening ceremony live from the Memorial Arboretum on screens in the UK when pandemic restrictions did not allow them to travel abroad, so to finally be able to visit the British Normandy Memorial in person was very poignant for charity volunteers and the veterans they support.
Dick Goodwin, Vice President of the Taxi Charity, said: “Amongst our group of D-Day veterans were Peter Smoothy, who was on a Tank Landing Ship on Juno Beach, Bill Gladden who flew into Ranville in a glider, No4 Commando 100-year-old Roy Maxwell who landed on Sword Beach and Marie Scott who transmitted messages to and from the beaches. The welcome from everyone for the largest group of veterans to visit the British Normandy Memorial to date was incredible and their other visitors were treated to a fabulous opportunity to get a once in a lifetime picture of so many veterans together.”
WWII veteran, Marie Scott, who, aged 17, transmitted messages to and from the beaches on D-Day. said: “Visiting the British Normandy Memorial was a very moving experience. I couldn’t help but reflect that some of the names that are on the imposing memorial may have been soldiers I had heard shouting and screaming amongst the gunfire and blasts when I lifted the transmitter to send or receive messages from the beaches 78 years ago.”
Steve Dean, Project Manager, British Normandy Memorial, said: "It was wonderful to finally see the veterans at the memorial and an honour to welcome them. The trust plans to continue fulfilling their desire for future generations to remember and reflect with an education centre at the site. A very special and moving visit, all thanks to the brilliant volunteers at the Taxi Charity.”
About the British Normandy Memorial
The British Normandy Memorial records the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944. This includes people from more than 30 different countries. Inscribed in stone, their names have never, until now, been brought together. The site also includes a French Memorial, dedicated to the memory of French civilians who died during this time.