Truro to join D-DAY80 commemoration on 6 June to remember the nation’s fallen heroes

At 8 am on Thursday, June 6, Truro’s Town Crier will lead the city in a special ceremony to remember the tens of thousands of allied forces who gave service on D-DAY eighty years ago.

Accompanied by Truro Mayor Carol Swain and Town Clerk David Rodda, Lionel Knight will read the D-Day Proclamation on Boscawen Street to remember the brave men and women who took part, not only from the United Kingdom, but from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Norway, Greece, France, Czechoslovakia, Rhodesia, and Poland.

This will be followed by a formal wreath laying ceremony at 11 am led by Truro Royal British Legion.

At 9.10 pm there will be a tribute to Scottish piper William (Bill) Millin on High Cross, followed by Truro Mayor Carol Swain lighting a memorial beacon* on High Cross at 9.15 pm to signify the light that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war.  The Mayor will also read an international tribute.

The events in Truro are part of the national D-Day 80 commemoration being held across the country as people come together to remember the thousands of allied forces who gave their lives to secure peace and freedom.

“In 1944 Allied forces mounted the largest amphibious invasion the world has ever witnessed. Operation Overlord, D-Day, saw over 5,000 ships and landing craft set down more than 150,000 troops on the five Normandy beaches that would bring about the liberation of north-west Europe from Nazi occupation “ said Bruno Peek CVO OBE OPR Pageantmaster of D-Day80, and of the 80-day countdown to June 6, 2024,

In order to commemorate the peace and freedom given to us through the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of so many thousands involved in the D-Day landings, and throughout the whole of WW11,  beacons and Lamp Lights of Peace will be lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories  – and in a very poignant and unique gesture, a special Lamp Lights of Peace lamps will be lit on each of the five beaches in Normandy, at 9.15pm local time that night, to coincide with the lighting of beacons at that time too..

“However, at 9.10pm, as night descends – and just before the beacons ignite – the resonant sound of bagpipes will be heard across the capital cities of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff. We will also have a presence in the capital cities of the Allied nations that took part. From Washington DC to the distant shores of New Zealand’s Auckland, from Ottawa to Paris, and from Canberra to Brussels, Athens and Amsterdam, Oslo, Warsaw, and Prague.

“The light from the flames from the lamps and the beacons will represent the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of war, with the lamp providing a very simple, safe, unique and cost effective way of taking part in this important 80th anniversary occasion, especially as once used, can be lit again at 11am on every Remembrance Sunday thereafter, in tribute to the many millions that sacrificed their lives during WWII.”

“I am deeply honoured to have been invited to read the D-Day 80 Proclamation on Boscawen Street “ said Truro Town Crier Lionel Knight.

“This is a hugely significant anniversary” added Mayor Carol Swain. “ I am very proud that our city will be joining cities and countries from across the world to commemorate the bravery of the many thousands of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our peace and freedom

*Thank you to Lionel Knight who kindly donated the cost of the D-Day beacon.

Further information about the D-Day 80 event in Truro is available on the Visit Truro website https://www.visittruro.org.uk/whats-on/d-day-80th-anniversary

More details about the plans for D-Day80 can be found on the website  www.d-day80beacons.co.uk

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