Vernon Coaker remarks ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, is today attending commemorative events in Portsmouth to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Mr Coaker’s uncle, Sgt Vernon Coaker was killed in Normandy on D-Day, 6th June 1944


Vernon Coaker MP said:


“Like many British families, my own has its special memories of a loved one who died fighting for our country in the Armed Forces. And this week’s commemorations on the 70th anniversary of D-Day is particularly poignant for us. My uncle, Sergeant Vernon Coaker fought with 3 Commando from the Devonshire Regiment and was killed in action in France on June 6, 1944.


“My family are very proud of him. He was my father’s older brother and when I was born a few years after Vernon died, my dad named me after the brother he had looked up to so much.


“It’s for that reason and in that spirit that today I’m in Portsmouth with many others, taking part in commemorations to mark this hugely significant and symbolic anniversary. Alongside the ceremonies taking place in France, it’s important that people here in Britain – men and women of all ages and from all backgrounds – have the chance to show their gratitude and appreciation to those who fought for our freedom and their future.


“We gather in Portsmouth to thank them for their selflessness, courage, determination and sacrifice. Today, I am reminded again of how much we are indebted to them, those who came before and after them, and indeed all those who continue to serve our country in the Armed Forces.”