D-Day commemorations continue in Ventnor tonight (Wednesday), which was the last place the soldiers saw before they headed across the English Channel to France.
St Alban’s Church in Ventnor, ‘Churches Together in Ventnor’ and the National Commemoration Office of the Royal British Legion in London are behind the events.
The Royal British Legion’s charted liner MV Boudicca, carrying four Islanders among 300 D-day veterans, leaves Portsmouth at around 7pm and will stop off the coast at Ventnor, between then and around 9pm. It will be accompanied by a Royal Navy frigate.
A Top Secret dossier revealed charts and movements for the D-Day Cross Channel Allied fleet, involving the assembly area off Ventnor. The document should have been destroyed after the Operation but survived.
The ‘Liberation Beach’ is available for those who wish to construct D-Day items in the sand.
Maroons will be sounded from the Groyne and the church bells rung across the town.
Evening Colours will be sounded to conclude the event.