Annual Ceremony Programme

Friday, 5th June 2020


This year’s event has unfortunately now been cancelled. We shall update details of the 2021 event in due course.

The Annual Remembrance Service will be held in the British Garden of Peace on the afternoon of Friday 5th June 2020 and is part of the formal British programme of events commemorating the 76th anniversary of D Day.

It will be led by the 3rd (UK) Division Padre, and the Bayeux diocese. All veterans, their families, guests and the public are welcome to attend.

Programme – Provisional Timings

Attendees are asked to be seated by 15h30 and the Service will start at 16h00.

15h55: Command Sergeant Major brings parade to attention

The General Officer Commanding 3rd (UK) Division will greet the Mayor of Caen and other Principal Guests and escort them into the Garden.

16h00: Command Sergeant Major stands parade at ease

Remembrance Service begins. It will include –

  • Prayers
  • Lessons
  • Act of Remembrance; Last Post & Reveille

Followed by –

Wreaths laid at the Temple by

  • Chairman British Friends of Normandy
  • GOC 3 (UK) Division
  • Mayor of Caen and other Dignitaries

Wreaths laid at single Service Memorials and on each stele representing all those infantry divisions and independent brigades involved in the Normandy campaign by Representatives of

  • the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy,
  • the Army and
  • the Royal Air Force

Following which others wishing to lay a wreath will be invited to do so.

17h00:  Service of Remembrance ends