To commemorate the loss of airborne troops who were killed on 6th June 1944, the village of Brucourt has installed an explanation panel explaining the events on D-Day. The panel has been placed in the church square near the graves of 5 airborne troops who were killed in the early hours of 6th June 1944.
At Brucourt, every year in June, a moving commemorative service is held at the graves of two RAMC Parachute Medics and three members of the Royal Artillery who were lost in action when their Horsa glider crashed near the village in 1944. ...
I always make a point of visiting each year around the 6th June to leave a wreath from the Glider Pilot Regiment, however this was the first time that I managed to attend the service. Four of us from the Glider Pilot Regiment Society attended the service this year to leave our wreath and were amazed at the number of those attending the packed and overflowing church. We thank you all for remembering our brave servicemen and your care of the graves.
Il était temps, ce cimetière méconnu, à l'écart à flanc de colline.
Ne les oublions pas, grâce à vous nous sommes libres.
Bel hommage à ces soldats.. respect à eux...
Thank you Ron Mccaffery for sharing this post
Je veux leur exprimer notre reconnaissance
After visiting the Memorial Pegasus, Canadian high school students held a moving ceremony in the village of Saint-Vaast-en-Auge where 12 airborne soldiers are buried.
A commemorative service was held in the church and at the graves where the grave stone epitaphs of the allied airborne soldiers were read out. The students, from throughout Canada, are spending 12 days visiting the Canadian battlefields in France and Belgium sponsored by the Juno Beach Association.
Amongst the students is the great granddaughter of Canadian paratrooper, Sgt Lacroix who was killed near Saint-Vaast on 6th June 1944. Sgt Lacroix's wartime helmet was placed on the grave for the ceremony.
The student’s pilgrimage was sponsored by the Juno Beach Association, which owns and runs the Canadian museum at Juno Beach. ...
The niece and great nephew of Dr John Vaughan visited the museum last week. Dr Vaughan was the medical officer attached to Major Howard’s company on 6th June 1944 during the assault on the River Orne (Horsa) and the Canal Bridge (Pegasus). John Vaughan had a remarkably varied life having travelled and worked extensively throughout the world prior to war service.
In 1988, John Vaughan attended several of the D-Day Anniversary commemorations in Normandy.
In 1988, he published an excellent autobiography entitled “All Spirits.”
Our thanks to Rosemary Luck, John’s niece, for the images. ...
A magnificent bronze bust of the French D-Day Commando leader, Commandant Phillipe Kieffer, was inaugurated recently at Amfreville where the French and British commandos fought in 1944. An esplanade has been created with panels portraying the Green Berets in 1944 and a list of the 177 French men who landed on Sword Beach on D-Day.
A granite statue of Kieffer has also been installed in the seaside town of Ouistreham which was liberated by the French Commandos on 6th June 1944. ...
Quelques membres de l'association " Les Héros de la seconde guerre mondiale" avec Léon Gautier, fier du projet réalisé pour le buste du commandant Kieffer
Le jour de l’inauguration à Amfreville
Merci à l'association Les Héros de la 2ème guerre mondiale instigatrice du projet d'Amfreville.
Tres fier que notre projet est abouti
Tout à fait Patrick et qui s’est aussi démenée pour le financement pendant deux ans.......trop passé inaperçue notre association 🤔
Fier d'avoir fait parti du projet 😊
Respect à tous ces commandos
Met this chap at the Passchendaelle 100 commemorations.He was signaller for Commander of the Free French Commando on D-Day!