D-Day revisited on prime time television

Lance Rook from Lancaster, who appeared on National Lottery Live.
Lance Rook from Lancaster, who appeared on National Lottery Live.

Nine World War Two veterans, from National Lottery funded project D-Day Revisited, appeared on Saturday’s National Lottery Live.

The D-Day landings in June 1944 remain the largest in world history.

D-Day Revisited was first established in October 2008 to ensure that the thousands of lives lost are not forgotten.

Lance Rook, 88, from Lancaster was the youngest of the nine veterans to appear on the show.

Lance landed by parachute during the early hours of D-Day morning and fought in the capture of the Merville Battery.

Lance said:“I am delighted to have this opportunity to appear on the National Lottery Live.

“It is an ideal way to show our appreciation for National Lottery funding.

“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.”

“John Phipps of D-Day Revisited said: “We are always keen for the wider public to learn about the Normandy Landings and how it has affected all our lives.

“In many ways the veterans are ordinary people from within our own neighbourhoods.

“They are granddads and great-granddads now, yet when they were young men they trained hard, then stormed the beaches of the Atlantic Wall.

“For that huge contribution to our modern freedoms, D-Day Revisited’s motivation is to help veterans to be front and centre, always so smartly turned out in their blazers and medals, so that we can learn more of our Nation’s history from the people who were actually there.”

Jackie O’Sullivan, spokesperson for the National Lottery, said “People don’t always make the connection between playing the National Lottery and funding fantastic projects across the UK, which make a massive difference to millions of people’s lives.”

National Lottery players raise £35million each and every week for projects like D-Day Revisited, and since 1994 a whopping £30 billion has been raised to help projects across the board.