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Commonwealth War Graves Commission80 years ago this month The Parachute Regiment were formed. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates those who served in airborne forces during the Second World War at cemeteries and memorials around the world.

One site that has a particularly close connection though is Ranville War Cemetery in Normandy – originally called the airborne cemetery.

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My Grandad is buried here in the actual churchyard - William Williams. It is beautifully kept and we are always sincerely grateful that he is buried in such a beautiful resting place. God bless them all! 4 generations have visited and tears fall on every occasion still

Usually at this cemetery every June to commemorate 6 June - sadly not this year

Fortunate to have visited this cemetery, beautifully kept ,

Remembering Wilfred Errol Miles Littlewood.MM .6th Airborne.Never Forgotten by son Roger Littlewood

Beautifully kept in memory of those who fell.

Remember our visit very well - a beautiful place.

visited many times and it never fails to touch me. Such young men but beautifully remembered in the place they gave their lives to free.❤

I visited this beautifully kept cemetery in 2017. A peaceful resting place for those who died so young.

My favourite CWGC cemetery. The location, the layout, the people, the commemoration service, the servicemen and women, the immaculate graves. Always my first calling point when going to Normandy and my last.

Salvador Gil

Florence Benjamin

Andy Super-spurs Evans Michael Edge Pryce

Couple of pictures I took on my last visit in 2016... shame we couldn't get there this year.

Jim, have you seen this? John Bonner, our uncle is buried here. 19 years old

HD Brotheridge was accidentally killed by a British weapon during the attack on the bridge. john howard kept the secret for a very long time forcing the historical authors not to reveal the terrible reality.

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André and Chantal Bosquain from the village of Grangues, several kilometres to the east of Pegasus Bridge, laid a memorial cross at the 7th Battalion memorial at Bénouville, on behalf of a young parachutist killed in 1944.
Geoffrey Copson was 20 years of age, serving with 7th Parachute Battalion, when he was killed on 6th June. Every year Geoffrey’s family attend the D-Day commemorations. Sadly, because of the Corona Virus, the family was unable to return to Normandy and Geoffrey’s grave.
For the last three decades, Andre and Chantal Bosquain have organised the commemorations in the village of Grangues where a memorial commemorates over 50 men, including Geoffrey Copson, who were killed in the village and the surrounding countryside in June 1944.
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André and Chantal Bosquain from the village of Grangues, several kilometres to the east of Pegasus Bridge, laid a memorial cross at the 7th Battalion memorial at Bénouville, on behalf of a young parachutist killed in 1944.
Geoffrey Copson was 20 years of age, serving with 7th Parachute Battalion, when he was killed on 6th June. Every year Geoffrey’s family attend the D-Day commemorations. Sadly, because of the Corona Virus, the family was unable to return to Normandy and Geoffrey’s grave. 
For the last three decades, Andre and Chantal Bosquain have organised the commemorations in the village of Grangues where a memorial commemorates over 50 men, including Geoffrey Copson, who were killed in the village and the surrounding countryside in June 1944.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Merci Chantal et André pour votre indéfectible soutien aux familles 👏🏻🙏😇

Merci à vous madame et monsieur, merci pour eux.

Merci Chantal et André qui font tant pour préserver la mémoire des soldats de la 6ème Division Aéroportée.

Malgré l annulation des festivités c est magnifique que des familles puissent venir se recueillir

attended the 70th commemoration In Grangues with the Airborne Engineers, most moving ceremony in Normandy at that time. Thank you all for keeping the memory of those brave men alive, merci beaucoup! Till we meet again....

Thank you so much Andre and Chantal! It is heartwarming to read that you have been making these heroes never be forgotten for such a long time. Wonderful 🙏

Bravo à vous deux pour ce joli travail de mémoire

Merci Chantal et André.

Bravo à vous !

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Members of the Federation of Normandy Guides paying their respects at the Memorial Pegasus during 76th Anniversary of D-Day ...

Members of the Federation of Normandy Guides paying their respects at the Memorial Pegasus during 76th Anniversary of D-DayImage attachmentImage attachment

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sans eux on en serais pas là. respect merci à eux les ricains de sardou résume tout.

Never forget 🙏

Tout à fait

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D-Day Bells on Juno Beach
Les cloches du Jour-J sur Juno Beach

Centre Juno Beach / Juno Beach Centre
🇨🇦 🌺 En cette année particulière, les villages de Juno Beach ont pu profiter d'un concert de cloches pour célébrer la libération de 1944 et en hommage à toutes les victimes civils et militaires du 6 juin 1944 et de la Bataille de Normandie.

🇨🇦 🌺 Across the villages of Juno Beach, a concert of church bells rang out to celebrate the liberation of 1944 and to pay tribute to all the civilians and members of the military who lost their lives on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy.

#JourJ76 #DDay76 #JUNO76 #RememberAlways #Souvenonsnons #Junobeach
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Happy memories.

Fran
This time last year I was with Dominique Saussey filming this video of the D-Day 75 commemorations in Normandy, France, organised by the Musée Mémorial Pegasus and the Taxi Charity For Military Veterans. Although we can't congregate in the same way this year to thank those who served, we'll still be doing so in our own way, wherever we are. #DDay76 #WeWillRememberThem
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Gino Bonetti

Respect

First time in 7 years I missed it bloody lockdown

Heroes all.

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