Parachute drop is highlight of series of events

More than 30 Dakota aircraft will drop hundreds of parachutists for D-Day events

This year’s commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy are expected to be the last ‘big anniversary’ for many of the old soldiers who were there in 1944.

Events will start long before the official June 5-7 commemorations, with various tributes and ceremonies in north-west France including a D-Day Festival with events in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Bayeux, and Gold Beach at Arromanches-les-Bains.

A series of key events are also planned. These will see Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attending along with President Macron.

The full guest list has not yet been revealed but President Trump has told US veterans he will be there for the world leaders’ event on Omaha Beach.

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