D-Day veteran: 'Brexit would be a crying shame after everything we fought for'

ARROMANCHES LES BAINS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: A Union Flag is planted alongside crosses on Gold Beach near the Mulberry harbour on the morning of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2019 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. June 6th is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Brexit would be a 'crying shame' after everything soldiers fought for during the Second World War, a D-Day veteran has said.

Speaking at events in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Eric Chardin said it would be a shame to break up Europe after everything they had gone through.

The 94-year-old, who was 19 when he landed in Normandy 75-years ago, told the BBC: "Brexit worries me. I can't help feeling it would be an awful shame that we've gone to so much trouble to collect the European nations together, to break it up now would be a crying shame I feel."

Asked for his thoughts on the peace Europe currently enjoys, he said: "I hope it continues."

Mr Chardin was also asked whether he felt he was a hero or brave.

But the veteran replied: "Not particularly, no. One was scared."

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A WWII enthusiast looks at people walking on the beach of Arromanches, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger (R) looks on as veterans lower the Union Jack as they pay their respect during a ceremony at the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A WWII enthusiast looks at people walking past period vehicules on the beach of Arromanches, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A WWII enthusiast stands near the beach of Arromanches, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger (R) looks on as veterans lower the Union Jack as they pay their respect during a ceremony at the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
WWII enthusiasts walk past period vehicles on the beach of Arromanches, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives prior a ceremony at the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A WWII enthusiast (R) sings from a period vehicle on the beach of Arromanches, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers of the Danish National Guard (L) stand alongside US and French soldiers during a Danish ceremony on Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
WWII enthusiasts walk near DUKW (colloquially known as Duck), a six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2 1/2-ton CCKW trucks used by the US military, on the beach of Asnelles, in Normandy, on June 6, 2019 during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on June 6, 2019 shows the silhouette of a WWII enthusiast siting, as the sun rises, on a period motorcycle on the beach of Asnelles, in Normandy, during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on June 6, 2019 shows visitors walking past period vehicles on the beach of Arromanches, during the D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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At an inauguration ceremony for a new D-Day memorial overlooking Gold Beach, Theresa May paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the "greatest generation" of service personnel who served during the landings.

She said: "These young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation," she said.

"A generation whose incomparable spirit shaped our postwar world.

"They didn't boast. They didn't fuss. They served."

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(back row left to right) Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia Richard Rasi, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of of Norway Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Danish Ambassador to the UK Lars Thuesen. (front row, left to right) Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte at a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(front row, left to right) US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(front row, left to right) Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May during a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump and President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a meeting of leaders the Allied Nations during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Melania Trump and President of France Emmanuel Macron during a meeting of the leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) Melania Trump, President of the France Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
(left to right) Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May during a meeting of leaders of the Allied Nations at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Veteran Bertie Billet during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
French President Emmanuel Macron meets veterans after his speech during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Sheridan Smith performing during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump speaking during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Dancers performing during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump speaking during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
D-Day veterans take the stage during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
(left to right) Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Spectators during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
D-Day veteran Jim Booth, 97, speaks to armed police officers during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.
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