D-Day veterans have been asked to register their intention to attend 75th commemorations of the Normandy Landings next year.

The Royal British Legion and the UK Government hope the country’s remaining D Day veterans will attend memorial services, set to take place in Normandy, the South Coast, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Veterans are asked to register online at britishlegion.org.uk/dday75 - and families and friends have been urged to help them to sign-up.

Commonly referred to as D Day, the Normandy Landings began on the 6th June 1944, when allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied Europe.

The Legion and the Government are working with partners including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Normandy Memorial Trust and the Spirit of Normandy Trust, to plan significant commemorations to mark D Day 75, both in France and across the UK.

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “The Normandy Landings were the vital springboard to the liberation of Europe and the end of the Second World War.

"The breath-taking bravery and ingenuity shown during those days still echo through today’s Armed Forces.

"At D Day 75 the eyes of the world will be on these men once more. To enable us to do them justice it’s important we find as many veterans as possible and let them know how to participate.

"We will never forget the debt we owe for the peace and freedom we now enjoy on this continent.”

Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, comments: “D Day 75 is only a year away and significant plans are already afoot.

"We want to ensure that every veteran can mark this incredibly important occasion exactly where and how they want.

"To ensure the utmost care and attention can be given to the ex-servicemen, now in their nineties, the Legion and its partners need the public’s help to make sure as many come forward as soon as possible.

"If you are a friend or family member of a D Day veteran, please help them to get in touch with us.”