Wigan pays tribute to the fallen on D-Day anniversary

Wigan's armed forces community gathered for a solemn ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 12:59 pm
D-Day service at Wigan Parish Church

Former service personnel attended a service at Wigan Parish Church to remember those who fought and were killed on the beaches of Normandy exactly three quarters of a century ago.

There was then an act of remembrance at the town's war memorial, with wreaths being laid and a moment of silence.

The ceremonies were arranged by Wigan Council's strategic manager for the armed forces John Harker with the support of the town's branch of the Royal British Legion.

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D-Day service at Wigan Parish Church

The commemorations then continued at Wigan Infirmary where there was a poignant flag-raising ceremony.

The WWL Wings Choir performed and Kirsten Hall played the Last Post, while there was also a tank on display in the hospital grounds.

D-Day was the start of the massive Allied operation to push back the Nazi war machine during World War Two, with the invasion of occupied France starting on June 6 1944.

D-Day service at Wigan Parish Church
The ceremony at Wigan Infirmary