RBLT and friends commemorate Operation Overlord 75th anniversary

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Group photo of VIP’s and Choir.
Group photo of VIP’s and Choir.

This summer, June 6, 2019, marked the 75th Anniversary of the invasion of D Day known as Operation Overlord. This historic event carried out by American, British, Canadian and other Allied Armed Forces is considered the most important day in modern history. Liberty, peace and freedom hung in the balance for Europe and the rest of the world as the Allied armies of the “Greatest Generation” stormed the beaches of Normandy that fateful morning known to many as “The Longest Day.”

Throughout this spring and summer, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day was celebrated in Europe with emotion, grandeur and pride. An unprecedented program of events occurred across the Continent with military parades, church services, fireworks, concerts, reenactments, television programs and times of reflection.

Here in Thailand the Royal British Legion Thailand organised a Commemoration Service at Christ Church Bangkok. We expected a small service with a few dignitaries, how wrong we were.

The service was attended by the Embassies of the UK, USA, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, Belgium and The C in C Royal Thai Army, also attending were the BBC, VFW and 11 schools from Bangkok, Pattaya and Rayong. The service was officiated by the Reverend Norman Jones and the MC was Branch Chairman Bob Mann.

Our thanks to Dave Haddon and his wife May in Bangkok along with Shrewsbury School Choir, Piper Angus McKernan, The Royal Thai Army Band, Paul Eddie Yates Photography, Minus 20, The Black Swan and Bistro 33 Both Bangkok and the many members who got stuck in and helped.

“The greatest tragedy of D-day would be to forget it.”

Branch Chairman Bob Mann and Reverend Norman Jones.
Branch Chairman Bob Mann and Reverend Norman Jones.
Standard Bearer Richard Holmes.
Standard Bearer Richard Holmes.
Group photo of Choir.
Group photo of Choir.
Royal Thai Army Band.
Royal Thai Army Band.
HE Mr Brian Davidson The British Ambassador giving the Lesson.
HE Mr Brian Davidson The British Ambassador giving the Lesson.
British Defence Attaché Roger Lewis, his wife Kimberley and the Commander in Chief Royal Thai Army.
British Defence Attaché Roger Lewis, his wife Kimberley and the Commander in Chief Royal Thai Army.
Students.
Students.
Veterans.
Veterans.
Australian Defence Attaché and Mark Bowling (right), President of the Royal British Legion Thailand.
Australian Defence Attaché and Mark Bowling (right), President of the Royal British Legion Thailand.
Pattaya legends Rodney Charman, Ron Smith and Andy Barraclough.
Pattaya legends Rodney Charman, Ron Smith and Andy Barraclough.