Service Veterans from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and other ex-service organisations from across the county gathered in tribute to remember the Sword Beach D-Day actions of the ‘Royal Warwicks' which took place 67 years ago on Jun 6 th 1944.
The Drums of the Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps and the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth , Cllr Neil Phillips, led a colourful parade of Standards, ex service and cadet contingents as they marched through Nuneaton's Riversly Park to the town's War Memorial where wreaths were laid in remembrance of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country. The drummers then led the way through the park to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Memorial for an open air service to remember the men of the ‘Royal Warwicks' who took part in the biggest seaborne invasion in history.
The Padre to the Royal Signals Regiment, Steven Whiting, based at Bramcote, conducted the service during which Mr T Chadwick, Regimental Association, Branch Chairman, recalled the history of the regiment and gave an account of the actions of the Regiment during the D-Day landings on Sword Beach .
As old soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, members of other ex-service associations together with cadet contingents and members of the public stood in silent remembrance in the evening sun, the bugler sounded the Last Post and the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the silence.
After the service, Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We are always glad to be given the opportunity to take part in ex service community events like this. So many young people today have no idea what it must have been like for those men, not much older than themselves who went through so much on those beaches. Having listened to Mr Chadwick's account of the actions of the ‘Royal Warwickshire Regiment on D-Day, I'm sure that both young and old alike will appreciate the sacrifice made by so many young men all those years ago.”