Latest Update From MOD re Accreditation & Ceremonies for #DDay70

The latest information sent by email from MOD reads:

Dear Sir or Madam,

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR BRITISH ACCREDITATION

The Ministry of Defence (MOD), working closely with our colleagues at The Royal British Legion (RBL) are pleased to announce that all successful applicants for British accreditation for events in Normandy on the 6 June has now been despatched via Royal Mail.

In the event that you have not received your documentation prior to departure, please be reassured that Ministry of Defence personnel are on hand to assist you with your accreditation requirements in Normandy.

A welcome centre is being established, at Caen Town Hall – Hôtel de Ville, Esplanade Jean Marie Louvel, 14027 Caen, France. This will be manned by us from the MOD Ceremonial Events and Commemoration Team, in uniform. Look out for our British Contingent and the D-Day 70 Logo.

The Welcome Centre opening hours are:

Monday 2 June 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 3 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 4 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 5 June 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL CEREMONY AT SWORD BEACH, OUISTREHAM

For security reasons, the French Government will not be issuing their invitations to the International Event at Sword Beach, Ouistreham until 3 June. Along with American and Commonwealth colleagues, the UK will have these invitations available for collection at the Welcome Centre, Caen Town Hall on the 4/ 5 June.

These invitations are largely being issued on a Normandy Veteran + 2 companions basis. However, it is expected that some capacity may become available for additional companions of Normandy Veterans. Where applicable, applicants will be contacted direct.

In the event that you are unable to collect your tickets from Caen Town Hall, arrangements are being made for an additional collection point at the “RBL Veterans Village” adjacent to the CWGC Bayeux Cemetery on 6 June.

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3 thoughts on “Latest Update From MOD re Accreditation & Ceremonies for #DDay70

  1. Accreditation ref no: 0408007
    Royal Mail not much good to us that have travelled from Australia etc and not at our postal addresses at this late stage just prior to D-Day. Have long felt that the accreditation system was very poorly run from both sides.

  2. To be fair the chaos is really down to the French, who have been changing the rules and what is required on a daily basis. The MOD, I understand, responded to a request at the 11th hour to shoulder some of the administrative burden. Only two days ago I was informed by the French veterans association handling non-veteran applications that the only documents now required are the car passes. If this is true then what a waste of everyon’s time. For thos lucky enough to get invitations to the Sword beach ceremony, my advice is to use the tram system to get to Caen Town Hall. Parking is difficult in the town centre at the best of times and with thousand now having to turn up to get their invites on the 4th and 5th of June – well I don’t want to think about it.

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