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Canons High School

 

D-Day Remembered.

Operation 'Overlord' 80th Anniversary.

Each year on 6th June we remember the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, remembering those who risked and gave their lives to give us the freedom we too often take for granted today.

This year was extra special - the 80th anniversary of that monumental event back in 1944.

It was impossible not to notice the coverage of special celebratory and memorial events on the TV, in the news and on social media. 

British troops struggle ashore at 'Sword' beach, Normandy, June 6th 1944

 

Despite this history changing event, and the world war it was part of, being indelibly imprinted into our nation's collective memory, we should not imagine that it is that way for everyone.

Much has changed in the last eighty years so its a good idea to ensure all our students are fully aware of this part of our history and what it means to the nation.

To this end, a special assembly was organised for our students where D-Day, its place in history and its significance was explained by Ms Howard and Mrs Markey.

 

    

Veteran Jack Mortimer returns to Sword Beach in Normandy, France, where he landed on D-Day as a 20 year old allied soldier, starting the liberation of Nazi-occupied France and ultimately the end of the Second World War in Europe.