Tributes to soldiers at special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day

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TRIBUTES have been made to soldiers at a special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Grays Thurrock Branch of the Royal British Legion held a commemorative service at Grays War Memorial on Thursday 6 June – exactly 75 years to the day that the Landings took place – to remember the D-Day Landings, the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Thurrock Council officers and councillors, including the Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Terry Piccolo, his wife and consort Joan Piccolo and Deputy Mayor Sue Shinnick, paid their respects at the event alongside members of the public.

Poppy wreaths were laid on behalf of the Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Terry Piccolo, Leader of the Council Cllr Rob Gledhill and the Chief Executive representing all officers of the council.

Cllr Terry Piccolo, Mayor of Thurrock, said: “It is a great honour to be here today and lay a wreath to commemorate the bravery of all those involved in the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.

“As many as 4,400 troops died from the combined Allied forces on this day alone. These casualties who died fighting for our country should never be forgotten.”

On June 6 1944, Allied troops launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. The first day of this campaign, known as D-Day, saw airborne forces parachute into drop zones across northern France and ground troops land on five key assault beaches – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

2 Responses to "Tributes to soldiers at special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day"

  1. thurrocksgonedownhill   June 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Each and everyone who served in the D-Day operations deserve our utmost respect.

    I salute you all.

  2. Willow   June 7, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Many thanks to everyone involved with yesterdays service, great the traffic was stopped from passing for the 20 minutes service.It was nice to see the small group from Woodside School at the local D Day Memorial service representing the younger generation, shame the small group of older chlldren from the Hathaway Road School couldn’t have stopped and listened to the service instead of walking past talking loudly and laughing, they hadn’t a clue about what the service was all about.

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