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Special service as the borough marks D-Day anniversary

06 June 2019

Armed forces personnel at the D Day anniversary event. The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings was commemorated at Rochdale Cenotaph as scores of people from across the borough came together to reflect and remember.

Dignitaries at the special service included members of the armed forces community, Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Billy Sheerin and council leader Allen Brett.

The generations were spanned, with veterans and local school children laying special wreaths to mark the occasion and pay tribute to the fallen.

Pupils from Oulder Hill Community School read the famous ‘Poem Normandy’ by Cyril Crain, before a poignant rendition of the Last Post was played.

Moving speeches were made by Councillor Sheerin, Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the armed forces, and the Rev. Margaret Smith, Rochdale town centre chaplain. 

"The service showed our borough at its very best, as communities came together to pay their respect"

Councillor Janet Emsley said: “The service showed our borough at its very best, as communities came together to pay their respect and remember the fallen. We will never forget those who lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, fighting for the freedoms and liberty we enjoy today.

"Their courage and sacrifice live on through today’s generations. I was proud to be at this special service and, in the words of the moving Normandy poem, we stand in memory and remember them with pride. Lest we forget.”

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