Salisbury planning special events to mark 80th anniversary of D Day

THE 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked in Salisbury with a series of special events.

On June 6, 1944, Allied Troops landed in Normandy, France, as part of the largest ever amphibious operation.

Nearly 1,500 British servicemen lost their lives that day, with 15 men from Salisbury who died in the campaign, who are detailed on the south side of the City War Memorial, in Guildhall Square.

In the build-up to the operation, Salisbury’s streets bustled with servicemen and GIs from the United States of America.

Victoria Park hosted performances by top performers of the day, including the Glenn Miller band and even a boxing match with World Champion Joe Louis.

Now, 80 years on, Salisbury City Council and the Salisbury branch of The Royal British Legion are planning two events in the city to mark the anniversary.

On June 6, there will be a small, short service in the morning, with a more formal remembrance event in the evening at the War Memorial.

The service will take place at 8am, featuring the town crier’s proclamation and for a short Service of Remembrance.

At 6.15pm there will be a formal Remembrance event at the War Memorial, led by the City Mayor, with Deputy Lord Lieutenant in attendance.

Then, on Saturday, June 8, the Royal British Legion will be hosting a Gala Dinner and Dance at the Guildhall, with money raised going to the RBL Poppy Appeal.

For more details about the evening and information on of how to get tickets, visit, email salisbury.secretary@rblcommunity, or call 01722 680125.

Cllr Sven Hocking, Mayor of Salisbury, said: “Salisbury recognises the great bravery, and in many cases the ultimate sacrifice, made by thousands of men on this day eighty years ago, many of whom were from our city.

“We remember their courage with pride, sadness and humility in equal measure and pray that such an action will never be necessary again.”

Bob Barwick, vice president of Salisbury RBL, said: “June 6, 1944, stands out as a pivotal moment in WW2, the acts of heroism, bravery and sacrifice on that day are inspiring and are locked in the annuls of British History.

“Alongside the international and national events, we feel it is important to provide an opportunity for Salisbury residents to come together and collectively remember what happened on this momentous day.”

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