Wakefield Council to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

06/06/2019, PR-9073

Cllr Denise Jeffery with Captain John Thompson
Cllr Denise Jeffery with Captain John Thompson

Wakefield Council began activities to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day by raising the Union Jack flag on all its buildings.

Deputy Leader Cllr Denise Jeffery joined Captain John Thompson from 299 Parachute Squadron on the steps of Wakefield Town Hall on Thursday 6 June, the 75th anniversary of Allied invasion of Normandy, to witness the raising of the flag.

This was followed by Mayor Cllr Charles Keith leading a two minute silence at the War Memorial outside of County Hall, where he also led an act of remembrance and laid a wreath, accompanied by Captain Thompson.

There will also be a Civic Parade and Service on Saturday 8 June, which will conclude with the laying of a wreath by the Mayor.

Mayor Cllr Charles Keith with Captain John Thompson
Mayor Cllr Charles Keith with Captain John Thompson

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Deputy Leader, said: "It is so important that we mark this anniversary to remember the great contribution made by so many service personnel.

"We owe a great debt to the D-Day soldiers who secured victory in the war and allowed us the freedom we enjoy today."

The Civic Parade and Service will depart Wakefield Town Hall at 10.40am, before taking part in a service at the Cathedral at 11am. The Parade will then depart for the War Memorial outside of County Hall, where the Mayor will lead an Act of Remembrance and lay a wreath.

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