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D-Day 80 Commemorations in Amesbury


On 6th June 2024 the Royal British Legion Amesbury Branch held a Commemoration of D-Day 80 at the War Memorial at St Mary and St Melor Church, attended by more than 70 people.

Amesbury History Centre Exhibition
Amesbury History Centre Exhibition

The parading of our Standard opened the ceremony which was led by the Branch Chairman, Richard Allen, who gave a very moving address. The names of the Amesbury men killed during the Normandy Campaign were read and the Exhortation preceded the two minutes silence after which the Chairman laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Amesbury Library Exhibition
Amesbury Library Exhibition

Wreaths were also laid by Senior Officers of the three Armed Services from MOD Boscombe Down, representatives from 47th Regiment Royal Artillery, Larkhill and 5th Battalion The Rifles, Bulford, also the 1st Amesbury Girls' Brigade (a Youth Affiliated member of the Royal British Legion) and finally the Town Council. The Chairman closed the ceremony with the Kohima Epitaph.

Amesbury Abbey Church Display
Amesbury Abbey Church Display

A Royal British Legion Exhibition which concentrates on the Amesbury war dead of 1944 opened at the Amesbury History Centre on the same day and a number of the people who attended the Commemoration took the opportunity to visit it afterwards. Our thanks go to Mark Verbinnen who kindly agreed to host the display which will run until November.

The D-Day Commemoration at Amesbury Abbey Church
The D-Day Commemoration at Amesbury Abbey Church

We really appreciate the Amesbury Library's display marking D-Day 80 which gave a fascinating insight into events concerning Salisbury Plain's participation in 1944. A delightful flower arrangement in St Mary and St Melor Church enabled our Branch to make a small commemorative display just inside the church door.

Members of Amesbury Royal British Legion who lead the commemorations
Members of Amesbury Royal British Legion who lead the commemorations

Our thanks go to both the Library and the Abbey Church for marking the events of D-Day 80. We also thank Bill Dunn and Roland Ware, co-authors of 'The Amesbury War Memorial' and everyone who provided information, help and encouragement throughout our preparation for the D-Day 80 Commemorations.

Posted: Amesbury Branch Secretary, Royal British Legion
17 May, 2024

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