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THE anniversary of the Magna Carta was named today as the surprise choice for a new national day to celebrate Britishness.
FOR more than 60 years it has lain gathering dust at the back of a wardrobe, used only to stir the memories of a Second World War veteran.
BRITONS have been urged to remember the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 'Forgotten Army' which fought the Japanese in the Far East.
THE commemoration last June of the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landing and campaign were done with friendliness, kindness and with great respect. I was honoured to attend some of the magnificent ceremonies, as a veteran in that final year of fighting.
CAMPAIGNERS were today set to demand belated medals for servicemen who braved treacherous conditions in the World War Two Arctic convoys.
A NEW memorial to celebrate the gallantry of animals in war was due to be unveiled by the Princess Royal in London today.
THE 2004 Scottish Poppy Appeal has been launched by the Very Rev Dr James Harkness, president of the Earl Haig Fund Scotland.
BRITISH veterans of the "forgotten D-Day" were due to be decorated in France today.
THE First Minister, Jack McConnell, admitted to fellow ministers yesterday that he blundered in deciding initially to attend a golf club dinner rather than the D-Day 60th anniversary commemorative events in Normandy.
PRESIDENT Jacques Chirac gave a D-Day veteran a lift back to Paris in one of his jets after the New Zealander got lost following Sunday’s ceremonies in northern France to honour Second World War Allied troops.
THOUSANDS of war veterans returned to Britain yesterday after their pilgrimage to northern France, where emotional 60th anniversary tributes to those who fought and died on D-Day were held.
TENS of thousands of courageous D-Day servicemen were returning to Britain today after their final voyage to northern France to join emotional 60th anniversary tributes to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to liberate Europe.
THE Queen and world leaders yesterday led the last major tribute to the world’s largest seaborne invasion.
Highlights of the Queen’s speech to British veterans in Arromanches:
IN THE early hours of 6 June, 1944, RAF navigator Derek Biggs was already in the air, flying in a Stirling bomber through the stormy skies high over the Normandy beaches and on to Caen. His cargo was two tons of "window" - metal strips which fooled enemy radar into thinking it was aircraft - and a bomb bay stuffed with dummy paratroopers armed with fireworks to mock the sound of small-arms fire.
"A VICTORY for Germany" was how Gerhard Schröder described D-Day yesterday, when he became the first German chancellor to join the commemorations of the anniversary of the momentous day that heralded the beginning of the end of the Second World War.
A TOTAL of 160 towns and 130,000 inhabitants along the D-Day coastline found themselves at the centre of a mammoth security operation to protect world leaders and royalty as they marked the day in 1944 that the Allied invasion began.