A SAILOR from York is taking part today in the worldwide commemoration of the anniversary of D-Day.
Leading Steward Jacqueline Bain is a sailor on board HMS Bulwark which is leading five ships across the Channel to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings.
The D-Day landings on June 6 1944 saw about 132,000 British, Canadian, American and French forces, including hundreds of units from the Royal Navy, storm the beaches of Normandy. More than 4,000 troops were listed as dead, wounded or missing.
Jacqueline, 26, is a former Cannon Lee School pupil and joined the Royal Navy in 2005. She has already served on several vessels from the Middle East to the Falklands, and will be alongside veterans from the Second World War, who will pay tribute to thousands of men who lost their lives during the war.
Jacqueline is a leading steward onboard the 18,500-tonne amphibious landing ship, which will take part in an assault demonstration on a beach in Portsmouth today, from where many of the Allied force travelled in 1944, before travelling to France for the celebrations tomorrow.
She said: "It will be an honour to meet the veterans, hear their personal accounts of the events and to be part of such an historical event.
"I enjoy the lifestyle, the people that I work with and meet, the friends that I have made and the job satisfaction that I get."
Members of the Royal family, Prime Minister David Cameron, and heads of state from the Allied countries will also be at the ceremony, which will also include an aerobatic display and fly-past from the Red Arrows.
Services of remembrance will also take place in England and France on Friday and over the weekend to remember those who fell during the landings.