Trump’s D-Day Could Ruin a Veterans Day of Reflection

Posted on May 2, 2019

Donald Trump’s D-Day visit could stop 98-year-old veteran from seeing ceremony thanks to security fence

Stanley Northeast fought in the D-Day landings – but thanks to tightened security for Trump’s visit, he may not be able to see the ceremony

Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings could stop a 98-year-old veteran from seeing the ceremony.

The 45th President of the United States of America is due to be in Portsmouth on June 5 for the D-Day 75 commemorations, leading to extra-tight security across the city.

Stanley Northeast, 98, from Beaconsfield Road in Wick, West Sussex, has been looking forward to the event for years – but due to the ceremony on Southsea Common, opposite Clarence Pier, being cordoned off by a double-layered solid steel fence, he may not be able to see a thing.

‘We are going to be split up’

His son, Mike Northeast, told our sister paper, the Littlehampton Gazette he was “very, very angry” when he first heard the news, and was working with the Royal British Legion to make sure his father got an invite.

Even if he was invited, it would mean that the father and son would be split up from the rest of their family, who also want to mark the occasion with them.

Mike said: “It is a great shame. It is something we have been looking forward to all year. Dad is 98, so the things we do with him are very important.

“Now we are going to be split up.”

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