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D Day Commemoration

July 02, 2019

D Day Commemoration

Royal British Legion Modbury & District Branch

Welfare Fund Donation from Bigbury Parish Council
D Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration Event 9th June 2019

The Royal British Legion Modbury & District branch extend their grateful thanks to Bigbury Parish Council for the donation to their Welfare fund of £1,252.50.

This represented the net proceeds from the Bigbury Parish Council’s D Day commemoration event held on Sunday 9th June 2019 and hosted by John and Jane Tucker and their daughter Cathy Case at the family’s home, Folly Farm at Bigbury on Sea.

Over 200 local residents were there to commemorate the event and were called to the ceremony by the lonely wail of a WW2 air raid siren. The branch chairman, George Rosevear, made a commemorative address (see below for full text) and was accompanied by branch Secretary David Scott, who carried the branch’s Standard.

The Last Post was played.

Afterwards a Hog Roast, along with other tasty fare was presented to the assembled guests in the beautiful evening sun overlooking the dramatic Bigbury Bay and Avon estuary.

D Day commemoration Bigbury on Sea Devon Modbury RBL

The branch will add the money to their Welfare fund. This fund is available for the work of the branch in the area, to assist former service personnel or their immediate relatives or survivors, where a need is identified.

Royal British Legion Modbury Devon 

L > R: Robin Derges, Louise Wainwright, George Rosevear, Norman Kirtley & David Scott

RBL support can be by way of a small grant, at the behest of the branch officers, or where more extensive support need is identified, a case worker will review the circumstances and make a recommendation to the branch, or appropriate superior body.

George H W Rosevear
RBL Modbury & District - Chair

Poppy

The Address

"AFTER 75 YEARS THE ALLIED INVASION OF OCCUPIED FRANCE, OPERATION OVERLORD, STILL RESONATES AS A FEAT OF ASTONISHING MILITARY PLANNING AND OUTSTANDING HUMAN BRAVERY"

WHAT MEN THEY WERE, AND, THANKFULLY, SOME OF THEM ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY FOR US TO HONOUR.

D DAY PLANNING WAS AN ACHIEVEMENT OF SECRECY AND SURPRISE, AS WELL AS A GOOD DEAL OF SUBTERFUGE.

THE LAST MINUTE PLEADINGS OF SCOTS WEATHERMAN DAVID STAGG TO DELAY 24 HOURS IS ESTIMATED TO NOT ONLY HAVE SAVED SOME 70-80,000 LIVES OF ALLIED SERVICEMEN, BUT ALSO TO ENSURE, ONCE THE LANDINGS COMMENCED, THE CHANCE OF SUCCESS WAS ENHANCED AND THE SHORTENING OF THE WAR A REALITY.

MOST OF US, EVEN THOSE BORN IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF WAR, ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAMES OF THE FIVE LANDING BEACHES...

FROM EAST TO WEST:
OMAHA AND UTAH, FOR THE US FIRST ARMY, FACING THE CITIES OF BAYEUX & CARENTAN.

SWORD, JUNO AND GOLD, FOR THE BRITISH SECOND ARMY ON THE TWO FLANKING BEACHES AND THE CANADIAN DIVISION IN THE MIDDLE, FACING CAEN & BAYEUX. BRITISH AND US PARATROOPS, ACCOMPANYING THEM OVERHEAD, WERE DROPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES TO SIEZE KEY OBJECTIVES.

FOLLOWING A LENGTHY AND HEAVY NAVAL BOMBARDMENT SOME 156,000 ALLIED TROOPS FROM 14 NATIONS LANDED IN NORMANDY ACROSS THE FIVE BEACHES. ON THE BRITISH BEACHES FREE FRENCH TROOPS HAD THE HONOUR OF STORMING ASHORE FIRST.

THE FORCES REPRESENTED EVERY BRANCH OF THE PARTICIPATING NATION’S SERVICES: 

ARMY, NAVY, AIRFORCE AND MARINES.

SOME 7,000 SHIPS AND LANDING CRAFT WERE INVOLVED AND 10,000 LAND VEHICLES.

WE HAVE COME TO KNOW THIS AS THE LONGEST DAY...

ON THAT FIRST DAY THERE WERE SOME 10,000 ALLIED CACUALTIES OF WHICH NO LESS THAN 4,500 DIED. 

THERE WERE BETWEEN 4000 AND 9000 GERMANS KILLED AND MANY FRENCH CIVILIANS ALSO DIED.

THE END OF THE LONGEST DAY SAW ALL FIVE BEACHES UNDER ALLIED CONTROL, FROM THE IMPACT OF THE COMBINED BEACH AND PARATROOP LANDINGS, ALTHOUGH ALL THE INLAND FIRST DAY OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED, ALL PARTICIPANTS KNEW THERE WAS A LONG AND TOUGH FIGHT AHEAD TO SECURE FINAL VICTORY.

I ASK EVERYONE WHO CAN TO STAND AND WE WILL TAKE A MINUTES SILENCE AND GIVE THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN SECURING THE FREEDOM OF OCCUPIED EUROPE AND THE DEFEAT OF TYRANNY."

British troops on D Day