A service was held at Clacton War Memorial today (Monday 6 June) to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
On 6 June 1944 – D-Day – Allied troops began a large-scale invasion of France to take back Western Europe from Nazi German control.
Combined with military efforts in Italy and along the Eastern Front, the Second World War in Europe ended less than a year later.
The service, organised by the Clacton Royal British Legion and supported by Tendring District Council (TDC), commemorated the operation’s anniversary. It was led by Reverend David Lower, Padre of the Clacton Royal British Legion, and was held at the seafront gardens’ war memorial.
Veterans and a standard were on parade and TDC Chairman Peter Harris gave a reading.
Councillor Harris said: “I was honoured to give a reading at this service, commemorating what was a turning point in the Second World War, along with the sacrifice made by so many during the operation across land, sea and air.”
Dan Casey, President of the Clacton Royal British Legion, added: “D-Day served as a beacon of hope at the time, a turning of the tide of the Second World War in Europe; but was of course also a sad occasion for the many families who lost loved ones during the operation. As such it is poignant to mark the occasion with this service.”
Councillor Harris is raising funds for veterans’ groups during his year in office – for details, and to donate, visit the Chairman’s page on the TDC website.
An Armed Forces Coffee Morning is taking place at Clacton Town Hall on Monday, 20 June, from 10am-12noon, with the Armed Forces flag raised at 11am.