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Veterans parade for last time.



HEADS held high, hundreds of Normandy veterans marched down Whitehall yesterday for their last memorial service in London.

Some bore Normandy Veterans Association (NVA NVA Northern Virginia
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NVA North Vietnamese Army
NVA Nationale Volksarmee (East German Military) 
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 Street to the Cenotaph cenotaph

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An emotional crowd clapped the men as the NVA started its last ever national memorial service in London, 65 years after D-Day.

Organisers say the age of the veterans means holding the service is becoming more and more difficult although veterans are always grateful that they survived to live a long life when so many of their former colleagues died young. At least two men collapsed during the ceremony on a warm day in Central London.

NVA national chaplain Rev Ken Ward said: "We can be thankful to God that we have lived all these years.

"We will always remember the sacrifices that were made."

As is the tradition, the standards were lowered as The Last Post was played, before a minute's silence, and then raised during the Reveille.
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Date:Jun 22, 2009
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