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Two D-Day veterans in their 90s skydive for charity

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Two D-Day veterans from the South have parachuted out of a plane for charity.

Ted Pieri and Fred Glover are in their 90s and today they completed the challenge at the Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury.

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They were joined in their venture by a Chelsea Pensioner who has notched up almost 100 skydives.

As Chloe Oliver reports.

Chloe spoke to Fred Glover and Edward 'Ted' Pieri, both World War Two veterans. She also spoke to Mike Smith, a Chelsea Pensioner.

D-Day anniversary: meet 1 of 4 surviving Free French commandos who stormed Normandy beaches

In 1944 thousands of ships set off from the coast of southern England, part of a huge sea, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France.

Most of the troops were from Britain, Canada and America.

Well, now, not many surviving veterans are able to make the journey back to the beaches to attend commemorative events.

One veteran, though, lives just a few hundred yards from the German pill-box he stormed back then.

Derek Johnson went to meet him ahead of today's D-Day anniversary.

Derek spoke to Leon Gautier, D-Day veteran.

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D-Day veteran to receive the highest French honour

A D-Day veteran from Waterlooville in Hampshire will be awarded the highest French honour at a special ceremony today.

Ted Turner who's now eighty nine helped Canadian troops secure a beachhead during the invasion of France in June 1944.

Today he'll be awarded the Legion d'Honneur at an event in Southsea. He's among the first in the country to receive the award.

We spoke to Ted ahead of the ceremony in our Meridian studios last week.

D-Day diary discovered after 70 years by sailor's son

One of the biggest regrets of Henry Hector's life is that he never really got to to know his dad or learn about the role he played as a sailor on D-Day.

Now, 70 years after the invasion, he's finding out more thanks to a diary his father wrote as he crossed the channel to France.

What he described has brought him and history to life. Richard Jones reports.

D-Day programme wins major award for ITV Meridian

ITV Meridian has been named as the News Programme of the Year at the EDF Energy London & South of England Media Awards. Programme director Lisa Nichols accepts the award on behalf of the team.

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D-Day hero awarded for his bravery

Bernard Jordan is being given an Older People's Award for bravery Credit: ITV Meridian

He became famous after he dissapeared from his care home in Hove so he could attend

D day memorial events in France. Now, 90 year old Bernard Jordan has been given an Older People's Award for bravery throughout his life. He was given the award by the charity Impact Initiatives.

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Bernard's back!

He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.

This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.

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