D-Day veteran: 'Brexit would be a crying shame after everything we fought for'

ARROMANCHES LES BAINS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: A Union Flag is planted alongside crosses on Gold Beach near the Mulberry harbour on the morning of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2019 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. June 6th is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Brexit would be a 'crying shame' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brexit would be a ‘crying shame’ after everything soldiers fought for during the Second World War, a D-Day veteran has said.

Speaking at events in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Eric Chardin said it would be a shame to break up Europe after everything they had gone through.

The 94-year-old, who was 19 when he landed in Normandy 75-years ago, told the BBC: “Brexit worries me. I can’t help feeling it would be an awful shame that we’ve gone to so much trouble to collect the European nations together, to break it up now would be a crying shame I feel.”

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Asked for his thoughts on the peace Europe currently enjoys, he said: “I hope it continues.”

Mr Chardin was also asked whether he felt he was a hero or brave.

But the veteran replied: “Not particularly, no. One was scared.”


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At an inauguration ceremony for a new D-Day memorial overlooking Gold Beach, Theresa May paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the "greatest generation" of service personnel who served during the landings.

She said: "These young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation," she said.

"A generation whose incomparable spirit shaped our postwar world.

"They didn't boast. They didn't fuss. They served."