Army cadets visit Normandy beaches ahead of D-Day anniversary
PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:42 05 June 2019
More than 50 army cadets and adult instructors from the Suffolk Army Cadet Force have just returned from a poignant visit to the beaches of Normandy in France.
The Suffolk Army Cadet Force visited France ahead of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on Tuesday, June 6.
With 55 army cadets and instructors from across Suffolk - including those from Beccles and Bungay - departing from Lowestoft they were accompanied by their Battlefield Tour guide, a current serving soldier from Woodbridge Royal Engineers, on the visit to Normandy.
The cadets enjoyed guided tours in the landing beaches including Omaha beach and Point de Hoc, before visiting the infamous Pegasus Bridge, Gold Beach, Mulberry B harbour and Bayeux Cemetery.
The event finished with a drumhead service, overlooking the town of Arromanche.
Cadet Sergeant Guinavin said: "Attending the event was important for celebrating the success but also remembering those who fell for our freedom and never made it home.
"It's up to our generations now to keep this memory alive."
Colonel Andy Smith, Commandant Suffolk Army Cadet Force said: "I am very proud that cadets from across Suffolk have been able to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day by joining Army Cadets from around the country on an informative battlefield experience and commemorative event.
"The visit included a tour of six carefully selected stands accompanied by an expert guide and included curriculum co-ordinated themes which included STEM, media, medicine and logistics.
"This was without a doubt a fantastic opportunity for all who took part and thanks must be given to all of the Cadet Force adult volunteers who planned and supported with this very special experience."