Derby to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

Published: 24 May 2024

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This year marks 80 years since the invasion of Normandy.

Derby City Council and Derby Cathedral will host the city’s D-Day commemorations with a commemorative service on Thursday 6 June at 5.15pm.

The service will mark 80 years since the allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 that began the liberation of France and Western Europe from Nazi Germany.

This significant event will be a moment of reflection and gratitude for those who took part in the landings and the wider armed forces community. All citizens and members of the armed forces are invited to attend.

Following the service, the Cathedral bells will peel, and refreshments will be served for those who wish to stay.

Councillor Ged Potter, Mayor of the City of Derby, said: 

“It is only right that we commemorate the military operations that took place before, on, and after D-Day. Without the events of that day we would be living in a very different world. I hope that as many people as possible will be able to come and remember heroism and sacrifice on this 80th anniversary.”

His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE, commented:

"The D-Day 80 celebrations in Derby will be a poignant tribute to the courage and heroism of those who served.  It is a time to come together as a community and honour their legacy."

The Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, added:

"We are privileged to host this commemoration at Derby Cathedral, a place of solace and reverence.  Let us gather in unity to pay tribute and express our gratitude."

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