Commemoration is a family affair for war veteran

Don Anderson and Camilla Parker-Bowles
Don Anderson and Camilla Parker-Bowles
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THREE generations of a Worthing family travelled to Arromanches, northern France, last week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Second World War veteran Don Anderson, 89, his son Mark, 53, and grandson, Joe, 17, made the trip across the Channel to remember those who lost their lives on the beaches.

Don has made the trip every year since the 40th anniversary, while Mark has been each of the last ten years and Joe the last six.

“I have always enjoyed my visits to Normandy and the 70th anniversary was no exception,” said Don, of Findon Valley. “Today people use the word hero too lightly. Everybody should visit the war graves in Bayeux or any of the others scattered throughout the Normandy countryside where you will see the graves of some real heroes. I was one of the lucky ones, but in the cemeteries you will find the headstones belonging not only to young infantrymen and airborne troops but also of cooks, drivers, medics, navy stokers, chaplains, signallers – these are the real heroes for me.”

For a full D-Day round-up, see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, June 12.