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The chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the Normandy Veterns' Association, Bob Conway, Centre with Bert Williams (L) and Wally Beall (R)13 Feb 2009 See SWNS Story SWWAR D-Day heroes condemned the Government after it refused to pay for them to attend the forthcoming 65th anniversary of the landings. Thousands of World War II veterans had hoped to make the pilgrimage to Normandy in June this year and join together in remembrance of the dead. Every American and Canadian soldier who fought in the landings has their travel and hotel expenses paid for each year by their still-grateful nations. But it has emerged that the British Government has refused to grant any financial aid to the war heroes who fought for our freedom - until 2044. Many veterans - most now well into their 80s and 90s - fear the 65th anniversary could be their last chance to join together in remembrance. They are now being forced to collect charity donations on the streets in a desperate attempt to ensure that no soldier who wants to go misses out.