DDay70 Update From Ministry Of Defence

The MOD DDay70 website is about to go live here: www.gov.uk/mod/dday70

Meanwhile the latest information received from MOD in the UK is as follows:

Accreditation for D-Day 70 Commemorations in France

If you are a veteran, family member, or accompanying someone who took part in the Normandy campaign and plan to attend the commemorations in France on 6 June , you will need to register your details with the Ministry of Defence in advance in order to gain access to the invasion beaches and surrounding areas, such as Arromanches, Bayeux, Caen, Ouistreham and in the American sector.

As a major anniversary, significantly more people than normal are planning to attend this year’s commemorations, putting significant pressure on the transport network, and as a result the French authorities will be putting in place stringent access control.

Please note that this is not an application to attend specific events, rather accreditation to be in the area itself.

You can register for accreditation by downloading and completing the form on this page, and returning it to:

D-Day 70, CECT, Level 6 Zone C
MOD Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HB

E-mail: PersTrg-DSSec-CECTMailbox@mod.uk

Please return your completed forms no later than 30 April 2014.

If you have any further questions, please contact the D-Day 70 team on 0207 218 1431, or 0207 218 7917.

All applications that have been submitted to date will be processed, however the D-Day 70 team wish to ensure that all veterans, their families and those who are accompanying them are accredited as a priority. Other members of the public wishing to travel to Normandy will need to accredit via the French authorities and contact details will be added to this website shortly.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued separate travel advice to the public for those wishing to make the journey to Normandy during the D-Day 70 commemorations here.

Information for media wishing to accredit for commemorations in France will be published in due course.

Funding for your trip

Veterans wishing to return to Normandy in June will be able to apply for financial support from the Big Lottery Fund, who last February extended their “Heroes’ Return 2 Scheme” till December 2015. This scheme enables veterans and their spouses, widows and widowers, and accompanying helpers to undertake the journey.

Details of the scheme can be found at: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_heroes_return.

For further information on planned D-Day 70 commemorations in the United Kingdom and Normandy please see the events page.

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