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Harlow marks 80th anniversary of D-Day landings

History / Thu 6th Jun 2024 at 10:27am

TODAY, 6 June 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1944.

Photos by Brian Thomas Photography

As in many other places across the world, Harlow began the day with town crier Patrick Arnold reading the proclamation in remembrance of the selfless sacrifice and courage of all those involved in the landings at 8.15am:

“Oyez, oyez, oyez!

“Today we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France – an incredible achievement in military planning and logistics uniting brave service personnel from air, sea and land forces at the beginning of Operation Overlord.

“By the day’s end, over 150,000 allied troops had successfully stormed the now famous Gold, Juno, Sword and Omaha beaches to achieve a toehold in France.

“In the weeks the followed, the allies fought bitterly against a determined foe from the unforgiving countryside of Normandy to the liberation of Paris two months later.

“We shall remember and never forget the selfless sacrifice and courage of all those involved and use this commemoration to pay our tribute to those who gave so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today.

“God save the King.”

Commemoration of this historic event will continue later with a special event in Playhouse Square from 5pm, culminating in a beacon lighting ceremony at 9.15pm.

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2 Comments for Harlow marks 80th anniversary of D-Day landings:

Allan Wallace
2024-06-06 19:29:47

Someone forgot to mention Utah... That was also stormed by 20,000 or so allied troops - which also, had minimal losses at only around 190 or so out of 20,000 men. Seems a little sad that a D-Day remembrance would forget that.

Allan Wallace
2024-06-06 19:35:22

And before anyone kicks off anything, if you're going to claim to know about your country's history, perhaps actually knowing about it in the first place might be a start, eh?

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