D-Day 75: We must never forget the sacrifice of our heroes, says LORD DANNATT

D-Day 75: We must never forget the sacrifice of our heroes, says LORD DANNATT

Despite the extensive planning and thorough preparations, the expected casualty lists were high. In some of the fiercest fighting of the 20th century, young men and women were cut down as they advanced, inch by inch. By the end of the Battle of Normandy that summer, 22,763 British and Commonwealth personnel had been killed. Any death in war is a tragedy and worthy of great reflection, yet the D-Day landings have captured the imagination of the public for the last 75 years.

The dramatic nature of the largest seaborne invasion in history, coupled with the enduring image of thousands of parachutes filling the sky over France, has contributed to the reverence with which the operation is held.

It also marked the turning point of the war, laying the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front, so it is only right that we take the time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to free the people of Europe.

Tomorrow, thousands will flock to the beaches of Normandy to pay their respects, embrace their former comrades and remember a truly remarkable generation. Laying quietly among them will be Martin Barraud's Bootprints from the There But Not There campaign, which raises vital funds for veteran employment projects.

Without the support of the Daily Express and its readers, last year's Tommy campaign wouldn't have been as successful as it was.

Buying these Bootprints not only allows us to commemorate with dignity and respect, but also to help those in need. It is what all those who fought on D-Day would have wanted for the servicemen and women that followed in their footsteps.

• General the Lord Dannatt was Chief of the General Staff from 2006 to 2009.

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