‘You gave us freedom’ - D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremony

Bournemouth Echo: PRESENTATION: Lorna Cockayne, Phil Carey, Cllr Denise Jones, Melville Pidgeon, Cllr John Wilson (DCC), Fred Newman and Anthony Mott PRESENTATION: Lorna Cockayne, Phil Carey, Cllr Denise Jones, Melville Pidgeon, Cllr John Wilson (DCC), Fred Newman and Anthony Mott

NORMANDY veterans have been honoured with French commemorative medals at a special ceremony.

The event, which honoured veterans of Operation Overlord, took place at Christchurch Civic Offices on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The president of the Normandy Landings and Normandy Remembers Committees, Admiral Christian Brac de la Perrière and his chief of staff Madame Liliane Bouillon-Pasquet wanted to honour those who were not in France for the international commemorations.

The medals were presented by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Denise Jones and the chairman of Dorset County Council, Cllr John Wilson.

Medals were presented to former Bournemouth councillor Phil Carey of the Tactical Airforce who landed at Utah Beach and Lorna Cockayne, a wren at Bletchley Park decoding the German Lorenz messages from Hitler’s HQ and used by Allied forces on D-Day.

Anthony Mott, who served with the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Armoured Division landing at Arromanches, was also honoured along with Fred Newman, who served on the front line as a soldier throughout the Battle of Normandy campaign.

Merville Pidgeon, who served in the ATS in the Bayeux Headquarters during the Battle of Normandy and who was Mentioned in despatches, also received a medal.

After presenting the medals, the mayor said to the veterans: “It is a tremendous honour and privilege for me to be here today.

“I think to myself ‘what would my life have been like if it hadn’t been for what you did?’ “You gave us the freedom that we wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t succeeded and for that I sincerely thank you.”

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5:46pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Isosceles says...

Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon
Echo running out of letter Ys?
Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon Echo running out of letter Ys? Isosceles
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8:03pm Sat 5 Jul 14

John T says...

Isosceles wrote:
Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon
Echo running out of letter Ys?
YYUR, YYUB, ICUR YY4OHEC
Just looking at things from another angle, Isosceles!
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon Echo running out of letter Ys?[/p][/quote]YYUR, YYUB, ICUR YY4OHEC Just looking at things from another angle, Isosceles! John T
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10:14am Sun 6 Jul 14

elite50 says...

Isosceles wrote:
Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon
Echo running out of letter Ys?
These people are the heroes that fought for the way that we live.
How about a "thank you".
Some inane comment about a headline seems pretty second rate.
Its lucky for our country that your type were not among the people who were sent over to fight for us!
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: Headline D-Day heroes are honoured at special ceremon Echo running out of letter Ys?[/p][/quote]These people are the heroes that fought for the way that we live. How about a "thank you". Some inane comment about a headline seems pretty second rate. Its lucky for our country that your type were not among the people who were sent over to fight for us! elite50
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