A Lieutenant from Alderley Edge as recently returned Bayeux in Normandy having taken part in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on Thursday 6th June.
Jacqueline Barry, a serving Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve based at HMS Eaglet in Liverpool, spent the week in Bayeux preparing for the Commemoration Service at Bayeux Cathedral which was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prime Minister Teresa May, many of the surviving veterens, other dignitaries and Heads of State.
Earlier this year, Jacqueline was selected to form part of the commemorations taking place in France providing ceremonial support at Bayeux Cathedral and afterwards at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. More than 2,000 British troops were deployed to Normandy to secure the commemorations, care for the veterans and pay their respects to their predecessors.
Jacqueline Barry said "D-Day veterans are at the heart of these commemorations. We remember the sacrifice and heroism of those who fought 75 years ago. Today's Armed Forces are inspired by the courage, strength and determination shown by those who fought and died on D-Day.
"Of course it was a privilege to meet the Prime Minister, Theresa May and HRH Prince Charles on the day but the real stars were those that survived the events of that time. They had such poignant stories to tell with no sense of entitlement – and always respected the memories of those friends who fell. It was incredibly humbling to be part of this memorable and moving event and one that I will never forget."