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D-Day remembered as veterans gather for Trebah Military Day: PICTURES
11:20am Friday 6th June 2014 in News
The 70th anniversary of D-Day was commemorated at the annual Military Day hosted by Trebah Gardens on Saturday.
The event at Trebah maked not just 70 years since the D-Day landings, but also the Battle of Arnhem and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
There were military vehicles on display, musical entertainment, and the garden was visited by a group of veterans who took part in the 1944 landing.
Veterans gathered at the house at Trebah before the memorial service to rekindle old friendships and pay tribute to fallen comrades, with WWII veteran Major Tony Hibbert, owner of Trebah, meeting guests.
Among the visitors were Vera Kotliar, a Ukranian woman who fought at the Battle of Stalingrad, while pupils from Mabe School also arrived to lay flowers at the memorial.
The most important point of the day was the memorial service, which included the laying of a wreath by a Royal Navy helicopter, aided by volunteers from the RNLI.
Darren Dickey, head gardener, said: “It was a real privilege to speak to the servicemen. We had members of the US 29th division who left from the Trebah beach and had memories of around Trebah and the Falmouth area.
“It was nice to get some of those stories which would otherwise get lost in time.”
WWII veteran Major Tony Hibbert, owner of Trebah
Vera Kotliar, who fought at the Battle of Stalingrad
The Ritzy Belles provided period entertainment
The wreath is laid
Veteran Les White who served with 3 Para Regiment
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