Service veterans from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and other ex-service organisations from across the county gathered in Nuneaton to remember the Sword Beach D-Day actions of the 'Royal Warwicks' which took place on Jun 6th 1944.
The band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps led the parade of Standards and ex service contingents as they marched through 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 Band 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.
Despite the increasingly inclement weather conditions the old soldiers stood in silent remembrance as the bugler Richard Stamp sounded the Last Post and the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the two-minute silence.
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks said, “On this, the day of the 68 th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, it's important that we all remember the sacrifices made by so many local young men who were not much older than today's cadets. I was so impressed by the way in which the veterans braved the rain,
long after the cadets had been withdrawn,
determined to show their respects whatever the weather could throw at them”.
He added, “I was also very impressed by the performance of the members of the band who turned out to lead the parade, for some of them this was their first public appearance and I received so many positive comments after the parade, they should be justly proud of themselves. As time marches on and the number of D-Day veterans sadly declines it falls to the younger generation to keep the memory of their actions alive and our cadets will hopefully continue to do so”.