Local services to commemorate D-Day Landings to be held throughout Staffordshire

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Tomorrow (Thursday 6 June) several remembrance services are taking place throughout Staffordshire to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings

The D-Day Landings of 6 June 1944 witnessed over 5,000 ships and over 150,000 men from Allied forces landing on the beaches of Normandy. 

Not only was the D-Day Operation the biggest amphibious invasion in military history, but it also served as a major turning point in the Second World War, leading directly to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany. 

Two regiments from Staffordshire played a vital role in the landings: The Marchington Camp and the Staffordshire Yeomanry. 

Tomorrow, a major remembrance service will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum at 2.00pm. This will be hosted by the Royal British Legion and will be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. 

At 6.00pm in Victoria Park, Stafford, live entertainment from poets and the Stafford Military Wives Choir at the bandstand. At 9.00pm, a beacon lighting ceremony will take place. 

At 8.00pm, a civic church service will be held at St Giles Church in Newcastle-under-Lyme. A ceremony will also be held at Castle House before the beacon lighting ceremony at 9.15pm in Queens Gardens.

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