D-Day 75th Anniversary Events
The extraordinary story of the D-Day Landings will be retold throughout the week of 1st-9th June at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.
More than 30 'Daks' will descend upon Duxford on 4th and 5th June, just as they did in Normandy 75 years ago. Visitors to Duxford will witness mass parachute jumps and flight displays as well as the epic cross-channel flight. On the ground, there will be an array of D-Day related displays and activities which will help to retell the incredible story.
The D-Day landings are still the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare. On 6th June 1944, HMS Belfast led the fleet supporting British and Canadian assaults on Normandy beaches. American war planes flew from Duxford in support of D-Day operations and Churchill War Rooms was the strategic nerve centre during the Second World War.
'This Is War' At Palace Theatre
A poignant performance of This is War will take place at Southend's Palace Theatre from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th June. The play by Hannah Moscovitch highlights mental health issues in the military.
The Mayor of Southend said: "The theatre production, though not directly related to D-Day itself, gives the public a gripping insight into the horrors of modern conflict and the internal battles our service men and women often have to face in their line of duty."
The production is being supported by SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity who support servicemen and women, veterans and their families. There will be a special charity collection after each performance.