Hartlepool War Memorial ceremony will mark D-Day anniversary

Victory Square, Hartlepool

Victory Square, Hartlepool

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Civic dignitaries and members of the public will lay flowers at Hartlepool War Memorial for the anniversary of D-Day this weekend.

Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet and Mayoress Coun Sheila Griffin will attend a small ceremony at the war memorial in Victory Square tomorrow.

It should be something people take time to mark

Michelle Winship

They accepted an invitation by town resident Michelle Winship not to let the occasion go unnoticed.

Coun Fleet said: “Those who have fought to protect our country and preserve our freedom are always in our thoughts.

“It’s with great pride and gratitude that I will be laying flowers in Victory Square on Saturday to remember the bravery of everyone who took part in D-Day on June 6, 1944.”

Saturday is the 71st anniversary of the Allies’ invasion of Nazi-controlled France on June 6, 1944 which led to end of the Second World War in 1945.

Michelle, a mum of three, who has previously campaigned for armed forces veterans, contacted Hartlepool Borough Council after being disappointed that nothing was held in town for the 70th anniversary last year.

She said: “I was really disappointed so me and my husband got some flowers and put them on the war memorial. I think people should remember. I know we have got Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day but I think it should be something that people take time to mark.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the event taking place at 11am and lay their own wreath or flowers.