Lancaster World War Two veteran Lance Rook appeared on TV at the weekend as part of a National Lottery funded project.
Lance, 88, appeared on Saturday’s National Lottery Live on BBC 1 as part of the project D-Day Revisited, established in October 2008 to ensure that the thousands of lives lost are not forgotten.
The D-Day landings in June 1944 remain the largest in world history.
Thanks to over £44,000 National Lottery funding, veterans from D-Day Revisited have been able to pay their tributes to the boys who didn’t come home, by making pilgrimages to the Normandy beaches through the BIG Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return programme.
Lance landed by parachute during the early hours of D-Day morning and fought in the capture of the Merville Battery.
He said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to appear on the National Lottery Live. It means such a great deal to return to those battlefields. Although nearly 70 years has passed, we still feel a strong sense of duty to return to pay respects to our comrades who were not so fortunate. I am delighted to have this opportunity.”
John Phipps of D-Day Revisited said: “They are granddads and great-granddads now, yet when they were young men they trained hard, then stormed the beaches of the Atlantic Wall and liberated Europe.”