Commemorative events to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Published Monday 20 May 2024

Community events are taking place across the Harborough district to remember D-Day on June 6.

Union Flags in Market Harborough town centre
Over 100 Union Flags have been put up in Market Harborough town centre

The date marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when allied forces mounted the largest amphibious invasion the world has ever witnessed. It was the start of the campaign that eventually led to victory and freedom in Europe less than 12 months later. 

The council will lead the tributes by hosting a flag raising ceremony at The Symington Building (meeting near the Old Grammar School) on Thursday 6 June at 9am. The event, which includes a short declaration and prayer led by the Revd Phil Bryson, will be attended by local veterans and council representatives.

From 7pm, there will be a commemorative church service at St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough. The service will be attended by council representatives and veterans from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, members of the local sea, army, air and police cadet organisations and the town’s Scouts and Guides groups. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Later on, Lutterworth Town Council is hosting a beacon lighting ceremony at Coventry Road Recreation Ground at 9.15pm. Food and drink will be available to purchase from 8-10pm and there will be music from Lutterworth Town Band.

Lubenham Parish Council is also lighting a beacon at Lubenham Village Green at 9.15pm. This will be preceded by a chance to view a D-Day photographic display in the village hall and listen to a commemorative reading.

A 1940s Weekend is happening at Harborough Indoor Market on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9 June. The event will showcase music, stalls, fancy dress and memorabilia.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “This is a significant anniversary across the country and the world. It is only right we come together to remember and honour the bravery and sacrifice of those involved to ensure D-Day is never forgotten.”

The council has put up Union Flags in Market Harborough and will light up The Symington Building and The Square’s event lights red, white and blue as a further mark of respect.