The British Normandy Memorial
On 6th June 2019 – the 75th anniversary of D-Day – HRH The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes on behalf of the United Kingdom to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the D-Day landing beaches and in the fierce fighting that followed.
22,442 men and women under British command lost their lives in the Normandy campaign. They gave their lives in the cause of securing the precious freedoms which Europe now takes for granted.
The Normandy Memorial Trust was set up in 2016 to realise the ambition of surviving Normandy Veterans finally to establish a British memorial in Normandy honouring all those under British command who never came home from Normandy in the summer of 1944.
In the words of our Royal Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, such a memorial is “long overdue”.
The Trust has already achieved a number of significant milestones:
- The 50-acre site for the memorial above “Gold Beach” has been acquired.
- The designs for the memorial have been approved by the French authorities: building permissions have been granted.
- The Roll of Honour of the 22,442 names has been compiled: the trust’s stonemasons have begun the task of engraving them.
- Main contractors have been appointed: the memorial site is being prepared: and construction work has started.
The site of the British Normandy Memorial was officially inaugurated in a ceremony on the morning of 6th June 2019 by the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of France. Emmanuel Macron.
In their speeches, both leaders noted the “anomaly” of the United Kingdom being the only nation among the principal wartime Allies not to have a D-Day Memorial in Normandy recording the names of all those who gave their lives. It is time this anomaly was corrected.
The evocative D Day Sculpture created by David Williams-Ellis was unveiled on the 6th June ceremony to reveal 3 soldiers that encapsulate the true essence of comradeship, leadership, energy and endeavour. Their position & posture above Gold Beach conveys the anguish and bravery of the men who landed 75 years ago.
One of the most touching aspects of the Trust’s work has been the reaction of thousands of members of the British public who’ve responded to the fundraising appeal launched by the Daily Mail. We have received letters from many relatives of those who died on D-Day, expressing their gratitude that, at last, Britain is to have a D-Day memorial in Normandy which honours the sacrifices of the past and ensures that they are remembered – and their significance understood – by the generations of the future.
The British Normandy Memorial is a project of national significance. We are deeply grateful to all those who have offered to help the Trust to reach its fundraising target so that we can be sure that this memorial will be a truly fitting tribute to those who gave so much.
Please consider how you can help bring the Memorial to fruition.
Donations can be made through the website: www.normandymemorialtrust.org/donate