D Day 80Th Anniversary (1)

Day and time: Thursday 6 June at various times throughout the day.

Location: Council Offices, Farnborough, Princes Gardens, Aldershot and around our community.

Cost: Free

On Thursday 6 June we held a reception for veterans and a flag-raising ceremony for the public to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

We came together to mark one of the most significant military operations in history and to remember those who took part, and those who gave their lives to liberate Europe.

Flag raising ceremony

We held two flag raising ceremonies in Rushmoor. One was outside the council offices in Farnborough and the other at Princes Gardens in Aldershot.

Reception for veterans

Veterans and specially invited guests joined us for a private reception and readings at the council offices, including one from the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Mara Makunura.

Commemorations in the community

Pupils from Cherrywood Community Primary School in Farnborough and Talavera Junior School in Aldershot recorded videos of special readings which you can see on our social media channels.

A number of pubs in Aldershot and Farnborough also lit special lanterns at 9.15pm. These were at The Snow Goose, Cove Ivy Leaf Club, The Alexandra, The Ship Inn and The Hawley Arms in Farnborough, and The George, The Victoria and The Trafalgar in Aldershot.

Local takeaways Oh My Cod, Aldershot, Big Fry, North Camp and For Cod Sake, Farnborough, are among the many fish and chip shops up and down the country who were aiming to sell 150,000 portions of fish and chips to mark the number of Allied troops that landed in Normandy by sea and air on D-Day. 

The Princes Hall was also specially lit up from 9.15pm onwards as part of the commemoration.

St Michael's Church in Aldershot took part on the day with bellringing, bring-and-share food, music from the 1940s, dancing and a raffle.

For more information on the national commemorations please see the GOV.UK D-Day 80 commemorations page.

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