Thursday 6 June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings which commenced in Normandy at 06:30 on this day in 1944. Operation Overlord was the largest naval, air and land operation in history and marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate France and northern Europe from German occupation ultimately leading to victory for Allied Forces in 1945.
Allied infantry and armoured divisions landed across five assault beaches at Normandy, code-named Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword. The Allied invasion force of 156,000 troops was supported by more than 7,000 ships and smaller vessels off the coast and 11,000 aircraft. In total, British, Commonwealth and Allied casualties (killed, wounded or missing) on D-Day numbered approximately 4,300.
Bodmin has a rich history and strong ties with the armed services. 6 June 2019 will be a day of reflection for the bravery, heroism and daring deeds performed 75 years ago by young soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied forces.
On Sunday 9 June 2019 the Bodmin Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a commemorative event at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
From 09:00 the film “The Longest Day” will be showing in the function room. At midday there will be a parade of Standards from several organisations in town and a short service will be held at the memorial outside the museum during which a wreath will be laid by the Royal British Legion on behalf of the town.
A buffet lunch will follow for a donation to the museum of £5 per head.
On the day, the Poppy of Honour will also be on display at the museum.
(Poppy of Honour photograph courtesy of Cornwall’s Regimental Museum; photographs of war memorial and eagle statuette courtesy of Emily Whitfield-Wicks)