Heroes Return Blog – Stories from Second World War veterans’ trips


“I want to thank them for what they did” by Big Lottery Fund
March 11, 2013, 11:46 am
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World War Two veteran Ray Wilton, 88, speaks of his return to the beaches of Normandy where he took part in the first wave of landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

His journey back to the French coast was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return programme, which gives grants to veterans and their families for commemorative trips back to where they served.

This emotional film, one of two on the subject, featured on National Lottery Saturday draw shows during March 2013.

It was also part of a wider series on Lottery funding and the good causes which are benefiting. Lottery players should feel proud that they are helping veterans like Ray to make incredible journeys to revisit their past.

Read Ray’s story in full in another post on the Heroes Return blog.

For more information on Heroes Return funding, visit the programme page.


4 Comments so far
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i would like the chance to meet ray to thank him for his sacrifices that he and so other men made for us . i am ex services but a lot younger than ray .

Comment by Vincent farlow

Hello Vincent. Thanks for your comment. Isn’t it a marvellous, moving film.

Comment by Big Lottery Fund

This short filmed really moved me and reminded me how grateful i am to the likes of Ray Wilton. What a hero.

Paula Gunn

Comment by paula gunn

Thanks for your comment, Paula. Ray’s is just one of the many veterans that we’ve had the privilege of speaking to. It’s so important to remember the sacrifices they made.

Comment by Big Lottery Fund




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