Last Updated: 14 June 2019
Created: 11 June 2019
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson visited a special exhibition at the Royal British Legion to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
The pop-up gallery was opened at the Royal British Legion shop in the town centre and contained photographs taken on the D-Day beeches taken by a local man, as well a pictures of US troops stationed in Swindon. The photographs included one from a landing craft looking across one of the beaches, as well as portraits of two US soldiers who had been billeted in Swindon.
The centre piece of the exhibition was a collection of very emotive poems written by pupils from Ferndale School, contrasting a fun day at the beach with the scene that greeted soldiers on D-Day, and imagining what the soldiers would have felt as they landed in Normandy.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: “The photographs were very interesting, to get such a close look at the beaches was fascinating. The children’s poems were very moving, and really showed their understanding of the day. If the sacrifices of the young men who didn’t return are to be remembered in the future, it is important that we teach children about D-Day and its significance – initiatives like this are a great fitting way to commemorate those fallen soldiers.”