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Veterans to have honour bestowed

York city council

5:18pm 4th October 2011

York’s own Normandy Veterans are to be bestowed with the honour of the Freedom of the City when a special council is convened later this week.

The idea to honour the local group of war veterans is that of former Lord Mayor, Coun. Brian Watson, who met the group on numerous occasions during his civic year of office in 2008/9, and also accompanied the veterans on a trip to Normandy in 2010 to mark their 66th anniversary.

Coun. Watson says:

“I’m delighted this is coming forward for formal acceptance by the council, for a group of very deserving individuals who represent the many who took part in this memorable event.

“Whilst on our visit to Normandy last year, a cycling club stopped to chat to the veterans and to show their appreciation of the important role they played all those years ago.  This was typical of the local attitude towards the veterans they hold in such high esteem.

“The veterans continue to remember and pay tribute to their fallen colleagues each year, and this lets them know that locally we remain indebted to them”.

Labour Council Leader Coun. James Alexander will formally propose the motion to confer the freedom of the city on the veterans.

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