Some of the decorated boats in the display
Some of the decorated boats in the display

An art project at the National Memorial Arboretum will help commemorate the heroes of D-Day as well as raise money to help support the Alrewas venue’s work.

Some of the decorated boats in the display

Visitors can spend £2 to decorate one of 6,939 wooden boats, each representing one of the allied crafts involved in the Operation Neptune landings on the Normandy beaches.

The Vessels of Victory forms part of a programme of activities marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Each of the decorated boats are varnished before being planted in Merchant Navy Wood where they will remain on display until 15th September.

Philippa Graty, fundraising officer at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Vessels of Victory offers visitors the opportunity to participate in a collaborative art project while raising funds to support the arboretum.

“Operation Neptune was a key moment in the course of the Second World War and thousands of vessels and crew were essential to the successful invasion of Normandy and subsequent liberation of western Europe from Nazi rule.

“All proceeds from this activity will be used to grow and develop the arboretum, ensuring that we remain a beautiful and befitting space where our visitors can explore, discover and remember.”


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