Heroes of the D-Day landings remembered at Wembley

Friday 06 Jun 2014
The commemorative wreath at Wembley Stadium

The Football Association has joined in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day – one of the key moments of the Second World War.

Friday 6 June marks exactly 70 years since the start of the Normandy landings in 1944. 

A wreath has been laid at Wembley in remembrance of those who gave their lives during the conflict, while flags will be flown at half-mast at the national stadium and St. George’s Park. 

With the England men’s senior team preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Miami, a special evening service of remembrance has been organised in the city by the Dean of Trinity Cathedral and the British Consulate General for Florida.  

An FA delegation will be present at the service, with England fans who have travelled to watch Saturday’s international fixture against Honduras also invited. 

Seventy years ago more than 150,000 troops, mainly from Britain, America and Canada, landed on the beaches of Normandy. 

Accounts suggest between 2,500 and 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives. 

At least double those losses were estimated to have been suffered on the German side.

Today the country unites in memory of those who lost their lives in the conflict.

By FA Staff