06-30 hours was the first of two parades that members of the Bridgwater British Legion attended to commemorate the D-Day landings, and remember the fallen on the beaches of Normandy, Northern France on the 6th June 1944.
Members on parade were Steve Austen, Adrian Perry, Steve Manley, Ray Dickinson, Brian Withers, along with Klaus Galeitzke who officiated and read a very appropriate and moving poem:
Come and stand in memory
Of men who fought and died
They gave their lives in Normandy
Remember them with pride.
Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors
Airborne and Marines
Who in city life tailors
and men who worked machines.
British and Canadian
And men from USA
Forces from the Commonwealth
They all were there that day.
To Juno, Sword and Utah
Beaches of renown
Also Gold and Omaha
That’s where the ramps went down.
The battle raged in Normandy,
Many lives were lost
The war must end in victory
And this must be the cost.
When my life is over
And I reach the other side
I’ll meet my friends from Normandy
And shake their hand with pride.
At 11-00 o’clock they were joined by more members, along with our town mayor, Councillor Tony Haywood, and with townsfolk and people from neighbouring villages.
Many people took the opportunity to plant wooden crosses.
To the thousands that fought and gave their lives for our freedom, our promise to you, “BRIDGWATER WILL NEVER FORGET”
Editorial & pictures by Brian Bateman.