D-day 80 anniversary Commemoration

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D-day 80 anniversary Commemoration

Hickling Parish Council will be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944 by flying the official D-day 80 Flag of peace from the village hall.

The D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 were the largest seaborne invasion in history. Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe.

Proclamation by Chris Ashdown, Ex Household Cavalry: “Today we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France – an incredible achievement in military planning and logistics uniting brave service personnel from air, sea and land forces at the beginning of Operation Overlord.

By the day’s end, over one hundred and fifty thousand Allied troops had successfully stormed the now famous Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha beaches to achieve a toehold in France.

In the weeks that followed, the Allies fought bitterly against a determined foe from the unforgiving countryside of Normandy to the liberation of Paris two months later.

We should all remember and never forget the selfless sacrifice and courage of all those involved and use this Commemoration to pay our tribute
to those who gave so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today.

God Save the King”