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Veterans, serving personnel and civilians attended a remembrance service at the weekend to honour those who took part in one of the greatest military operations in history.

The Normandy Landings Remembrance Service was held in the Abbey Gardens Rose Garden on Sunday, June 6, organised by the Royal British Legion’s Bury St Edmunds branch.

The Normandy landings of 1944, was the largest amphibious operation in history.

Bury St Edmunds RBL branch chairman, Bernie Millard, leads the service. Pictures by branch vice chairman, Nigel Wolstenholme
Bury St Edmunds RBL branch chairman, Bernie Millard, leads the service. Pictures by branch vice chairman, Nigel Wolstenholme

Often referred to as D-Day, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and Western Europe, and was years in the planning.

The operation drew on the knowledge of meteorologists, scientists, inventors, the combined military might of 13 nations and the assistance of tens of thousands of members of the French Resistance.

The Normandy invasion began to turn the tide against the Nazis.

Front right: Normandy veteran, Jim Palfrey, with bugler Imogen Forman, 15, who received a certificate from the Bury St Edmunds RBL branch for three years service.
Front right: Normandy veteran, Jim Palfrey, with bugler Imogen Forman, 15, who received a certificate from the Bury St Edmunds RBL branch for three years service.

Bury St Edmunds branch chairman, Bernie Millard, said: “We had up to the maximum of 30 people includings representatives of the United States airborne division from RAF Honnington, veterans from the Royal marines, as well as Royal Engineers, also from Honnington.

“Unfortunately, due the passage of time, there’s aren’t too many Normandy veterans left but we were honoured to have one, Jim Palfrey, with us, who is now 101-years-old.

"We, as a branch, will commemorate those who bravely took part in the landings as long as we are able."

Wreaths were laid to remember those who valiantly battled.
Wreaths were laid to remember those who valiantly battled.

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