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9 June 2014

SSAFA honours D-Day veterans at Royal Albert Hall

SSAFA joined the BBC and a star-studded cast of musicians, artists and actors to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.


SSAFA honours D-Day veterans at Royal Albert Hall

SSAFA joined a star-studded cast of musicians, artists and actors, including Patrick Stewart, Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Night and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, for a special BBC 2 'Friday Night is Music Night' to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the world's biggest amphibious invasion.

'D-Day 70 Years On' paid tribute to those who took part in the Normandy landings, with stories, readings, film and music re-telling the key moments of D-Day. The two hour performance, which was simultaneously streamed live to 200 cinemas across the UK and to military families based overseas, ended with a reading from His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge and D-Day veterans.

Prince William and veterans read from Shakespeare’s Henry V quoting words that British officers used to rouse their troops ahead of the assault on the beaches of Normandy.

Elsewhere across the UK, SSAFA volunteers were out in force collecting at local cinemas, as the nation came together to remember those who were lost on that fateful day and those who remain.

D-Day veteran and SSAFA volunteer, Bill Aitkenhead who attended the event said, "Tonight was a moving and stunning salute to all those who took part in D-Day. I was delighted to be here to represent SSAFA."

David Murray, SSAFA Chief Executive, added "The D-Day concert was a special one-off event, and for some veterans and their families might mark the last time they can remember that fateful day. I would like to thank the organisers of the event, Snappin Turtle and BBC Radio 2, for choosing us to be part of an event that captured the imagination of the entire nation."

Thank you also to our committed and dedicated band of volunteers who took their place at cinemas across the UK to fundraise for SSAFA. All donations from the event will help continue out vital work with the entire military community, past and present."

Proceeds from the event will be split equally between SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and SkillForce.