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80th Anniversary of the D-Day and liberation of Europe in Hammersmith & Fulham

  • May 17, 2024
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80th Anniversary of the D-Day and liberation of Europe in Hammersmith & Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham will be hosting two special events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Second World War’s pivotal military campaign in France, marking the fact that the planning for D-Day took place in Hammersmith.

On Thursday, 6th June, at 9am, H&F will join forces with communities across the UK for a commemorative beacon lighting. The ceremony will take place in Hammersmith’s Lyric Square. Everyone is invited to the free event.

And on Saturday, 8th June, we are holding a free family day in St Paul’s Gardens, Hammersmith, from noon to 5pm, where, in 1944, Operation Overlord was finalised by Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower.

“Please join us as we pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and everyone who helped plan D-Day and liberate Europe during the Second World War,” Cllr Patrick Walsh, Hammersmith & Fulham’s representative for the armed forces community, said.

To complete the vintage feel of the D-Day event in St Paul’s Gardens, you can travel back in time by listening to singer Bunny Nightingale who will be performing popular wartime songs. She’ll be joined by musicians from the 24th Invicta Rifles Military Brass Band and local cadets.

The only building surviving from the 6th June, 1944, campaign is the old school’s High Master’s House (now the St Paul’s Hotel), the front garden (today known as St Paul’s Gardens) and the surrounding walls.

This former St Paul’s School in Hammersmith Road played host to the planning for D-Day – code named Operation Overlord. The military campaign proved to be the vital turning point in the Second World War, with Generals Bernard Montgomery and Dwight Eisenhower assembling in Hammersmith to present the daring plans to prime minister Winston Churchill and King George VI.

For more details, visit the D-Day event page for St Paul’s Gardens.

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