New images have been released by the Normandy Memorial Trust as part of the D-Day 76th Anniversary (Picture: Normandy Memorial Trust via Getty Images)Work has resumed on a new memorial to the British troops who died at the Battle of Normandy after construction was halted earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 70 World War II veterans had been due to travel over to Ver-sur-Mer to visit the £20 million British Normandy Memorial to mark the 76th anniversary on Saturday.
The memorial was due to be completed in September, but that date has been pushed back until summer 2021.
Lord Peter Ricketts, chairman of trustees at the Normandy Memorial Trust, told the BBC the trust understands ‘how much the veterans and their families were looking forward to visiting the site around the time of the D-Day anniversary to see the memorial taking shape’, but said construction was pressing forward ‘despite all the obstacles’.
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak a previously arranged visit by more than 70 Normandy Veterans was cancelled and construction on the site temporarily suspended (Picture: Normandy Memorial Trust via Getty Images)The trust has released a series of photos showing the resumed work as part of a construction update.
They show craftsmen carving the words of Winston Churchill’s speech, including the words ‘we shall fight on the beaches’.
The memorial’s polished stone columns are also engraved with the names of the 22,442 men and women under British command who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and subsequent battle.
Each of the other major allied nations has their own memorial on French soil, but there has never been a British one until now.
Craftsmen were pictured carving the words of Winston Churchill’s famous ‘We Will Fight on the Beaches’ into the polished columns (Picture: Normandy Memorial Trust via Getty Images)
They are also engraved with the names of the 22,442 men and women