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One in five young people aren’t aware of what D-Day is and its significance.

That’s according to shocking new data that has been revealed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) which has pleaded for better education on the topic.

The D-Day landings remain the largest invasion by sea in history. Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an occupied France on June 6, 1944 and it marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe from the Nazis during World War 2.

However, young Britons left GB News reporter Jeff Moody shocked by their responses to questions about D-Day. He questioned young people in Devon on the topic.

One said: “I know it’s very important, but I don’t remember that much about it.” She added: “Is it something to do with the war?”

However the young girl absolutely stressed her respect for those who fought in Britain’s honour.

She said: “I think it’s really brave, what they managed to do all those years ago. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s worth celebrating because they did so much for us. The least we can do is have one day for them.”

Another young Brit had a go at explaining more. He said: “D-Day, that the end of World War Two isn’t it?”

The young people questioned, however, were definitely not alone in their confusion – as the research revealed that one in five young people aged 18 – 24 admitted they “don’t know'” the significance of the historic event.

The CWGC has called for improved education on significant moments – including D-Day – which at the moment its marking with a special torch-lighting events across the country to mark eight decades since the event.

CWGC’s Michele Jennings said: “As the number of those with real experience of those historic events dwindles, we want to pass on the torch of commemoration so those human stories of sacrifice and heroism are able to be carried forward by younger generations.”

The first of its ceremonies was held today in Oxford and saw veterans, young people and attendees hear more about local stories of D-Day.

The Oxford Botley Cemetery contains 461 graves of members of the armed forces who were killed during World War Two.

Alongside the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, local pupils from North Hinksey Church of England Primary School and Matthew Arnold School attended.

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