June 2019 Commemorations

The Annual Remembrance Service held in the British Garden of Peace on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th June 2019 is part of the formal British programme of events commemorating the 75th 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.

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

Programme:

15h25             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.

15h30             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.

16h30              Service of Remembrance ends.

A printable version of the Order of Service for 5th June can be downloaded here.