War graves' history is rewritten
This year, only 80 veterans made the annual pilgrimage to Normandy – the smallest number since 156,000 allied troops, including 61,000 British soldiers, stormed the D-Day beaches on 6 June 1944.
The youngest of the remaining Normandy veterans is now 87 years old. Many are over 90. The pivotal western European battle of the Second World War is about to pass, like the First World War, over the horizon of living memory.
That’s why The Independent, alongside the Normandy Veterans Association, is launching an appeal to ensure that the voices of the surviving veterans – the survivors of the survivors - are not lost to future generations.
Over the next 12 months, if we can raise enough money, all British Normandy veterans willing to do so will give filmed interviews of their memories, which will be turned into a commemorative DVD.
Please be as generous as you can.
"At least the death of old men is how it's supposed to be"
Pinning back Hitler's forces
'Just as we were leaving another barrage of mortars landed nearby'
'When I get together with other veterans, it all seems unreal to us now'
'It is important that people remember. My generation won’t be around much longer'