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U-turn over D-Day plans.

D-DAY veterans who want to attend 65th anniversary commemorations in Normandy will be funded by lottery money, it was announced last night.

The Big Lottery Fund said it will pay for veterans to take part in ceremonies to mark the anniversary whether in France or elsewhere. The news came after Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wants to be "very much part" of this year's commemorations of the landings in France, which marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

Mr Brown also said he hoped there would be a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the sacrifice made by a "great generation of heroes". His comments came after the Government went back on a previous decision and said it would provide support for veterans who wanted to mark the landings in Normandy.

The announcement was hailed as a victory for veterans after Veterans Minister Kevan Jones said last year it was a "long-standing policy" to use public money only for landmark anniversaries 25, 50, 60 and 100 years after major events. The change of heart came after more than 300 people signed a petition on the Downing Street website.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2009
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