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IN HONOUR: Chorleywood D-Day event pays respect to the heroes of the Second World War

 Published on: 20th June 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood recently joined many other villages, towns and cities in commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Residents gathered in the Memorial Hall on June 6 to celebrate and recognise the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis.

Those who attended, including many of Chorleywood’s elderly population, were treated to a supper of fish or halloumi and chips while enjoying 1940s-style songs from Chorleywood Music.

Then, as the music drew to an end, crowds gathered around to watch the lighting of the village’s beacon at 9.15pm. Beacons were lit across the UK to commemorate those who survived the D-Day landing and the 4,400 who died in battle.

Elsewhere, Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) raised a dedicated D-Day flag earlier in the day to commemorate the sacrifices made by all those who lost their lives.

TRDC chief executive Jo Wagstaffe said: “Without these brave men and women involved with the D-Day landings 80 years ago, many of whom sacrificed their lives to liberate Europe from the Nazis, we would not have the freedom we take for granted nowadays.”

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