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London Cabbies Take D-Day Veterans Back To Normandy

Almost 100 D-Day veterans have been back on the beaches of Normandy to remember fallen comrades...

Almost 100 D-Day veterans have been back on the beaches of Normandy to remember fallen comrades thanks to a group of London taxi drivers.

Seventy-three years after the landings, the Taxi Charity has arranged for 90 black cabs trips to travel to Pegasus Bridge, the key canal crossing captured by 6th Airborne Division.

The charity has been ferrying old soldiers to World War Two battlegrounds since 1948.

During the commemorations, four of the British soldiers involved were awarded France’s highest military honour.

Peter Waterfield, one of the taxi drivers that volunteer for the event, said:

"It's just giving back something for what they have done (...) Without them, we wouldn't be here today."

However, according to Ian Parsons, the Vice-Chairman, this year might be the last: "This is the last trip we are going to be able to do of its kind and size, because we have an average age of about 93 or 94."

The veterans have also visited Merville, where they have been commemorating one of the key operations that took place early on D-Day:

British airborne forces captured the bridge that crossed the Caen Canal shortly after midnight on D-Day, using gliders and paratroops.

The crossing was later named Pegasus Bridge after the airborne troops’ emblem.

D-Day was the biggest invasion in history and led to the downfall of Nazi Germany.

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