Trevor Macey-Lillie the Piper Major from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery began the D-Day commemorations on Mulberry harbours in Arromanches-les-Bains Normandy. He played the “Highland Laddie” at 6.26am BST on June 6, to commemorate the first soldiers that landed on Gold Beach at exactly that time in 1944.
June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The British Army, other nations, veterans and civilians will be present across Normandy at many events in Ranville, Sannerville, Caen, on Sword beach and at Pegasus bridge.
The events are being held to remember the sacrifice and heroism of those who bought freedom through their actions 75 years ago.
Soldiers from The Rifles and the Army Air Corps gathered at the iconic World War II site of Pegasus Bridge to commemorate the actions of their predecessors, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and Glider Pilot Regiment, 75 years ago.
The Ox & Bucks LI were flown in by the Glider Pilots landing close to the bridge and liberating the Café Gondree from the Germans who held the position. The café was the first building to be liberated during Operation Overlord.
The troops held a service at the memorial of Major John Howard who led the assault on the bridges and had a champagne toast at the Cafe Gondree at the same time of day as they landed 75 years ago.
The MV Boudicca with D-Day veterans on board set sail for Normandy on Wednesday, June 5 flanked by Royal Navy ships. Along the ships in port saluting the veterans as they went past were the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship in the history of the Royal Navy.
As the ship made its way out of the harbour the people of Portsmouth paid their respects as a lone Spitfire passed overhead and nine Royal Navy ships from frigates to small patrol craft lined her route into the Channel in gratitude for their voyage 75 years before.