Coventry people are being invited to mark the 75th anniversary of D Day at a service in the city’s Holy Trinity Church.
The service is being hosted by Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham on Thursday 6 June – the day the Normandy Landings started in 1944.
It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, leading to the liberation of German-occupied France and laying the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
To mark the anniversary, a service will be led by the Rev Anne Richards, starting at 10.30am.
There will also be a peace picnic later that day in the city, and members of the public are welcome at both events.
The Lord Mayor said: “Coventry’s history is forever linked to the Second World War and the courage of those at home and overseas who sacrificed so much.
“D Day was such an important turning point in the war. It was a day that signalled the beginning of the end of the conflict, but it was also a day when many lost their lives.
“It is very fitting that the city of Coventry should mark the 75th anniversary to honour those brave people and show that we will always remember them.”
The service will be followed by a civic reception at the Council House with the Lord Mayor for the families of veterans involved in the Normandy Campaign, with attendance by invitation only.
Later in the day, a Community Peace Picnic will be held at Coventry Peace Orchard at Coundon Hall Park on Tamworth Road (CV6 8NJ). It will run from 12noon-3pm and is part of the Positive Images Festival.
The Coventry Peace Orchard was the idea of 96-year-old D-Day veteran, Dennis Davison, and was designed and created by local schoolchildren.
Mr Davison said: “The 75th anniversary of D-Day is an opportunity to honour those who fought for our freedom and helped maintain peace in Europe, but the picnic will also be a joyful occasion and one that will look to the future.”
There will be a carnival atmosphere, with games, live music and poetry, food stalls and an ice cream van. There will be a short presentation at around 2pm. Soft drinks will be provided, but people should take along a picnic and something to sit on.