This June marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and we’ve had the privilege, once again this year, to be able to honour the courageous service men and women who so bravely fought to defend our freedom.
On 3rd June, we welcomed 32 veterans aboard Mont St Michel as they made their way to Normandy in time to observe official ceremonies on 6th June. Making their way out of Portsmouth, the departure point for the terrifying and heroic journey many would have made 75 years ago, the ship was accompanied by a flotilla of Royal Navy vessels including HMS St Albans as well as four P2000 patrol vessels comprising HMS Puncher, Biter, Pursuer and Explorer.
Aerial view of the Flotilla accompanying Mont St Michel out of Portsmouth on the 3rd June taken by Shaun Roster
London Cabs escorting Veterans to Normandy via Mont St Michel
The Check-in Desk at Portsmouth International Port decked out in allied flags. The Royal British Legion passed on their thanks to staff and passengers throughout the D-Day commemorations period as £1388.30 was raised from special D-Day 75 pins being sold at the terminal desk.
American Veterans being assisted by Brittany Ferries staff in Portsmouth (The Greatest Generations Foundation)
After marking the occasion in France, we presented each veteran, making their way home from Normandy, with a commemorative bottle of Christian Drouin calvados as another way to show our honour and gratitude for their bold sacrifice.
D-Day veterans receive their gifts from the Captain and Purser on board Normandie
Chelsea Pensioner poses for a photo with the purser on board Mont St Michel
A D-Day veteran meets the Captain and crew on the bridge of Barfleur