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Burnley FC Remembers D-Day

6 June 2014

Today we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.


This was the first act of Operation Overlord which would ultimately lead to the end of World War II and the liberation of Europe by the Allied Forces.


As the years have passed the number of veterans has dwindled with only a few now remaining who landed on the beaches on June 6th 1944.


Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather alongside veterans and their families to commemorate one of history’s most pivotal moments.


Burnley FC’s Military Liaison Officer Paul Morgan has travelled to Normandy with Bike Tours for the Wounded, an organisation who organise motorbike tours for wounded and injured serving and veteran personnel who have life changing injuries.

Paul himself was seriously injured in 2012 by an IED whilst serving with the Kings Royal Hussars in Afghanistan.


Since then, Paul has chosen to volunteer with Burnley FC in the Community to develop what we believe are important links with the military and veterans communities, in Burnley and the wider area.


Then, as now Burnley and East Lancashire was an important recruiting ground for the armed forces and many men of the East Lancashire Regiment landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day and the following days, some sadly amongst the 2,500 British troops who made the ultimate sacrifice.


The taking of Pegasus Bridge near Caen was one of the key British objectives on D-Day and was critical to the success of the entire operation in allowing the advance into France.  At the memorial to the British Fallen close to Pegasus Bridge, Paul has laid a wreath on behalf of Burnley Football Club.


The text on the wreath reads:  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

 

 


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