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D-Day 80

Remembering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

D-Day is observed on 6 June each year. It marks the anniversary of the Normandy landings during World War II, one of the most significant military operations in history.

On this day in 1944, Allied forces launched a massive invasion of occupied France, which was a turning point in the war, leading to the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. The operation, codenamed Operation Overlord, involved over 156,000 British, American, Canadian, and other Allied troops who landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline. Despite heavy casualties, the invasion was successful and is celebrated to honour the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died in this pivotal battle. The commemoration serves as a reminder of the cost of war and the value of peace, in the hope that the lessons of history are not forgotten.

This year (2024) was the 80th anniversary of the landings, and Hedgeley Women’s Institute (WI) have decorated the Powburn Community Garden to commemorate the event.

A poppy display and flags have been arranged around the Breamish Valley War Memorial.

Photo of knitted poppies displayed at Breamish Valley War Memorial
Breamish Valley War Memorial display
Photo of D-Day 80 commemoration sign
Commemorating 80th Anniversary of D-Day
Photo of poppies adorning Breamish Valley War Memorial
Knitted poppies adorn the Breamish Valley War Memorial

The display is another reminder of those who gave their lives so that we might live. You can read the Breamish Valley Roll of Honour here>>

Further information

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