D-Day veterans honoured 70 years after Normandy landings

Heroes of the liberation of Europe were joined by world leaders as tens of thousands of people remembered the courage and sacrifices of servicemen on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Veteran receives special award for D-Day pilgrimages

A D-Day veteran was presented with a special award by the Prime Minister for his work organising pilgrimages to the landing sites for his comrades.

Grandfather-of-two George Batts, the national secretary of the Normandy Veterans' Association (NVA), was announced as the latest recipient of a Points of Light award for his voluntary work.

David Cameron presented 88-year-old George Batts with the award in Normandy today. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

As well as the award, 88-year-old Mr Batts was given the honour of being the British veterans' representative at the official state lunch held as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations.

Mr Batts was just 18 years old when he waded ashore on Gold Beach in Normandy with the Royal Engineers on June 6, 1944.

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