Veterans laying a wreath during The Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (Picture: MOD).
D-Day

D-Day 75: Senior Politicians Join Veterans In Bayeux For Commemorations

Bayeux was the first major place to be liberated after the Allied forces invasion.

Veterans laying a wreath during The Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (Picture: MOD).

Veterans laying a wreath during The Royal British Legion’s Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (Picture: MOD).

Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have gathered with Second World War veterans at Bayeux Cathedral for a special service of remembrance on the 75th anniversary of the largest amphibious assault in history.

It was followed by a ceremony at Bayeux War Cemetery - the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's largest site of the Second World War in France.

Bayeux was the first city in France to be liberated by the invasion.

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Veterans and serving personnel paraded through Bayeux after the service (Picture: MOD).

Tributes were paid to the courage of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate Europe

At Bayeux cathedral, the 1,000-strong congregation declared in unison "we shall remember them", before a two-minute silence.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry also gathered in the historic setting.

Watch: Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt spoke to Forces News' Tim Cooper in Normandy.

Bayeux War Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's largest site of the Second World War in France.

Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's largest site of the Second World War in France.

The cemetery contains the graves of more than 4,100 Commonwealth servicemen along with 500 from other nations, including more than 460 German soldiers.

Opposite stands the Bayeux Memorial, bearing the names of more than 1,800 men and women of Commonwealth land forces who have no known grave.

Remembrance service at Bayeux Cemetery. L-R: Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, French Defence Minister Florence Parly, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Theresa May, Phillip May (Picture: MOD).
Remembrance service at Bayeux Cemetery. L-R: Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, French Defence Minister Florence Parly, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Theresa May, Phillip May (Picture: MOD).

They died during the Normandy landings, the intense fighting in the region and in the advance to the River Seine in August 1944.

During the Second World War, the Armed Forces were "far better prepared for dealing with their dead" than throughout the First World War, historian Max Dutton said.