Denmead Commemorates D-Day 80

It was wonderful to see so many Denmead residents come together to commemorate D-Day 80. The day was filled with moving events, starting with the raising of the Flag of Peace at 9 a.m. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who took part, including the serving military personnel, veterans, local schools, scouts, cubs, and church.

The Flag was lowered during the wreath-laying ceremony by Sam, our Head Groundsman, with Cadet Lola Young from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Force taking the salute.

It was lovely to meet Bea from the Women’s Air Force, who is 100 years old this year. She laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal Air Force. We would also like to express our gratitude to Commander Fraser Hunt from the Royal Navy and Lance Corporal Scott Rose from the Army, who laid wreaths on behalf of the serving community.

The Hero’s poem was recited by a member of the Denmead Cubs, Abigail, who did an excellent job with such a moving poem.

The Lamp Lights of Peace were lit at 9:15 p.m., along with the beacons across the nation. The tribute was read by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr Langford-Smith.

When the community unites in remembrance, these events become a testament to the incredible contributions of those who have given so much.

Thank you to Mark White, our Village Warden, for the lovely film of the day’s commemorations. You can view the film here on Mark’s channel.