I couldn't get on to post this last night, so put it up on GWF. The morning after I feel the same, if not more cross. Will post some photos when I am back. ------ Today I saw what I can only describe as a national disgrace. Possibly as many as 800 Normandy veterans were in attendance at Arromanches. Initially it was baking hot - there was no prevision of water, no cover, and no food tents made available; all the cafes were full even four hours in advance of ceremonies. There was no-one to welcome the veterans, no-one to ensure they had seating, and those of us who ensured they had some seating were suddenly told the whole square would have to be cleared - at point where 99% of said tired, thirsty, hungry vets were finally having a rest. It didn't happen, and the whole thing turned into a farce when the "ceremony" seem to stumble and fall. Eventually a veterans parade took place, but it was badly organised, and by the time the veterans marched back into the square all their seating had been removed. They had to stand in the pouring rain - as the weather had changed - for 45 minutes listening to speech after speech. By the end they were soaked to the skin, freezing cold. No-where in the square were there any medics, all the British military there had not been briefed by the French so had no point of contact or knowledge of where things were. I know this as I personally had to assist a number of people were verging on going into shock as they were so cold and wet. I have never seen anything like it, and I feel ashamed, sad and angry that our vets have been treated like this. Traffic control at the end of the ceremony was equally chaotic, and it took our coach nearly 90 minutes to reach us, as was the case with most. It was still pouring, and there was no cover for the vets. Thanks to a well known broadcaster my vets got cover in a television hospitality tent where the production staff ensured they were fed and given coffee. Most were left to stand in the rain even longer waiting for coaches to come. I am sure I haven't given justice to just how bad this was, and as I said at the beginning this is a national disgrace as there is so much our government could have done to ensure this happened properly. Equally galling (excuse the pun) was the attitude of the French police all day who did their best to prevent veterans accessing the ceremonies by changing arrangements that had been in place for months, and not understanding or accepting that men in their mid-80s to early 90s cannot walk miles from a drop off point.