Letter: Battle for the Normandy bridge

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Sir: There is a veritable army of British veterans of the Normandy landings in 1944 who are entirely with Madame Arlette Gondree-Pritchett ("Pegasus Bridge veterans vow to liberate museum", 31 March). They support the action she is taking over the Airborne Forces Museum. They know and welcome her intention not to close the museum but to run it better with their help.

They do not want a large, commercialised theme park. They want a quiet, simple dignified memorial, respectful of the memory of their fallen comrades and a genuine place of pilgrimage. That is what Madame Gondree-Pritchett's parents wanted, it is what she equally wants and what the British veterans want. The French authorities know and respect these views.

This remarkable woman (of Anglo-French citizenship) is an honoured guest of veterans' organisations throughout Britain.

I write as one of those veterans, in full knowledge of the weight of numbers and personalities behind the cause which we share with Madame Gondree-Pritchett. The great need is for her supporters to make their voices heard, loud and clear, without delay, to ensure that right prevails.