D Day 80th Anniversary

D Day 80th Anniversary

At the  Cricklade Beacon

6th June 2024

 8.30pm for 8.45pm

Cricklade Court Leet

Including The Cricklade Band and RBL

National beacon lighting  at 9.15pm

8.40 pm Welcome and introduce  To The Cricklade Band  Eric Cripps TC

After Band Set

9.02 pm Welcome and thanks to Cricklade Band Clive Smith HB

Remembering D Day and the events 80 years ago.

9.08 pm  Proclamation (words attached) reading by  Eric Cripps TC

9.12 pm  Reading  (words attached)    John Harman   Aletaster

9.14 pm Instruction from High Bailiff to Mike Hatton Constable to Light the Beacon

9.15 Prayer (Words Attached)  John Coole or other

9.16 pm Act of remembrance (when Beacon is well alight)

9.16 Last post Paul Hewer

Exhortation (Words Attached)  John Coole

9.18pm Reveille Paul Hewer

9.18pm The Kohima Epitaph (Words Attached)

9.30pm  Thanks and Dismiss  HB


*ALMIGHTY GOD, Who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto Thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in Thy Name, Thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of Thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Proclamation Town Crier

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Today we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France – an incredible achievement in military planning and logistics uniting brave service personnel from air, sea and land forces at the beginning of Operation Overlord. By the day’s end, over one hundred and fifty thousand Allied troops had successfully stormed the now famous Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha beaches to achieve a toehold in France. In the weeks that followed, the Allies fought bitterly against a determined foe from the unforgiving countryside of Normandy to the liberation of Paris two months later. We should all remember and never forget the selfless sacrifice and courage of all those involved and use this Commemoration to pay our tribute to those who gave so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today. God Save the King!

Read by John Harman

D Day Normandy              written by Joe Cole

80 years ago they stormed across the sand
Boys of many nations to stem the tyrants hand
Heroes all those men so young who shed their blood for us
In that bloody fight for freedom

Across the beach they struggled ‘neath a hail of shot and shell
Never glancing backwards as around them comrades fell
Fear was in their hearts, terror in their eyes
Many never made it and it was on foreign shores they died

Yes, they died to give us the freedom that we enjoy this day
They died to free the world, for us they made the play
Men from every walk of life crossed those dangerous beaches

And if you are able save for them a place inside of you.

They were heroes all who gave their lives for us
But let’s not forget the few who made it possible
The men and women who filled the shells and also built the tanks
They were the unsung heroes
They have already earned our thanks.


They shall grow not old as they that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them or the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

The Kohima Epitaph

When you home Tell them of us and say,

“For your tomorrow we gave our today”