6th June 2019
Residents of Burnham on Crouch gathered at the War Memorial shortly before 11am on Thursday 6th June to remember the heroism of British and Allied soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy during Operation Neptune 75 years ago.
Operation Neptune was the landing phase of Operation Overlord, the wider Allied plan to invade Normandy in France from England and defeat occupying German forces during World War Two.
The guests of honour were two D-Day veterans:
Alfred Burnett, 94, from St Lawrence, landed on Gold Beach with the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He began as a private but was promoted Sergeant.
Town Mayor Wendy Stamp welcomed the citizens of Burnham, and prayers followed.
As the names of those residents of Burnham who had fallen in the Second World War were read out, the flags were lowered and the town clock struck 11am.
The ceremony ended with a hearty singing of the National Anthem.
Tea and biscuits were then served at the Council offices.