High Wycombe to commemorate D-Day at noon

Thousands of troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, on June 6, 1944. Picture courtesy of MOD

Thousands of troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, on June 6, 1944. Picture courtesy of MOD

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A SHORT service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will take place in High Wycombe at noon.

The event, which was confirmed yesterday, will take place at All Saints Church in High Wycombe at 12pm.

Dignitaries are expected to attend the service while buglers will sound the last post, commemorating the momentous day and remembering the lives lost.

The D-Day landings on Normandy’s beaches, on June 6, 1944, marked the start of Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War.

Thousands of British, Canadian and American troops landed on on five heavily fortified French beaches in a carefully planned attack.

By the end of D-Day the Allies had gained a key foothold in France – one that would ultimately help to bring the conflict to an end, with the defeat of Nazi Germany coming 11 months later.

The cost to the Allied forces was heavy, though - Portsmouth’s D-Day museum believes that as many as 4,413 troops lost their lives that day.

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