D-Day Memorial Parade and Service takes place in city centre
Posted on Thursday 1st June 2023
The D-Day Memorial parade and service will take place this year on Saturday 3 June. It is organised by the Royal Welsh Comrades Association, and is the first parade since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mayor of Newport, Councillor Trevor Watkins, will be attending the event, along with the Lord Lieutenant Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE and the High Sheriff Professor Simon Gibson CBE DL. They will all lay wreaths on behalf of the council along with the leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Jane Mudd.
Parade participants will meet outside Wetherspoons, Cambrian Road from 11.30am with the parade leaving at 11.45am to walk the route from Cambrian Road. It will then, turn left on the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street, then left onto High Street to the D-Day Memorial, where a short service and wreath laying ceremony will take place.
The Royal Welsh Comrades Association would be delighted if members of the public could lend their support to the event by lining the streets to watch the parade.
D-Day marks the historic date in 1944 when Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France.
They landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June, marking the start of a long and bloody campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation in an operation that proved to be a turning point in World War Two.