THE BRITISH NORMANDY MEMORIAL IS OPEN
The British Normandy Memorial records the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women under British command who fell on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944. This includes people from more than 30 different countries. Inscribed in stone, their names have never, until now, been brought together. The site also includes a French Memorial, dedicated to the memory of French civilians who died during this time.
On 6 June 2021, 77 years on, an historic moment took place as the Memorial was officially opened, virtually, by Patron of the Normandy Memorial Trust, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. The Opening Ceremony was presided over by then British Ambassador to France, Lord Edward Llewellyn.
On 6 June 2022, the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Memorial was for the first time the focal point of the commemorations in Normandy, as a place where people could come together to remember and reflect. The video below contains highlights of the day, including the morning service and evening concert, attended by Veterans, dignitaries and the general public.
The story of the making of the Memorial
From the very beginnings of an idea to a place of serene beauty where people will gather to remember and reflect for generations to come.
This is the story of the making of the Memorial.
Our Patron His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales’ message to virtually open the British Normandy Memorial on Sunday 6 June 2021
Our Patron addresses Normandy Veterans and relatives of the fallen gathered on the occasion of the official opening of the British Normandy Memorial on 6 June 2021, the 77th anniversary of D-Day, at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.