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 69 years ago on Jun 6th 1944.
The Drums of the Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps, 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.
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, the bugler sounded the Last Post and the standards were dipped in salute at the beginning of the silence.
After the service, Former Nuneaton and Bedworth mayor Don Jacques, who served briefly with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, said "In 1940, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment lost a lot of men fighting a rear-guard action at Dunkirk, and there was an atrocity involving our boys shortly afterwards. Four years later, on D-Day, the regiment went back into France and suffered more losses. "It is right and proper that we should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks 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 and we will do our best to ensure that their actions are not forgotten.”
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