Friday, 7 June 2019

D-Day also commemorated with decorated postbox

My thanks to Anonymous for drawing my attention to this report on myroyalmail.com.

Eternally grateful

Special-edition postbox honours those who planned and fought in the D-Day landings

A special-edition postbox has been unveiled to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.



The unveiling of the postbox in St James's Square, London, was attended by US Ambassador to the UK, Robert Wood Johnson.

The location is sited close to Norfolk House, where Operation Overlord –  the mission to gain a foothold in France and commence the liberation of Europe – was planned under the leadership of Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander Allied Expeditionary Force.

‘On this 75th anniversary, I think it's fantastic that Royal Mail is paying a special tribute to the tremendous courage and devotion of our D-Day heroes,’ said Mr Johnson.

‘We should always remember what so many millions of men and women sacrificed for the free world we have the privilege of living in today.’

The images on the postbox, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, London, represent the success of Operation Overlord – depicting amongst others the inland advance and the preparation and planning behind the operation.

David Gold, our director of public affairs and policy, said: ‘The D-Day landings played a pivotal role during World War Two and Norfolk House was where a major part of the planning took place.

‘It is only fitting that their efforts are honoured on one of our iconic postboxes. Royal Mail is also issuing a set of special stamps to mark the anniversary.’

In addition to unveiling the special edition postbox, there is also issuing a special postmark, which will be applied to all stamped mail from 5-9 June and will read: ‘75th anniversary of the D-Day landings 6 June 1944 #dday75.’ Royal Mail will also be sponsoring a children’s essay competition organised by the Spirit of Normandy Trust.
 

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