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Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council

We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

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e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

D-Day 80th Anniversary Programme

We wish you all a warm welcome to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day by lighting a beacon at 9.15pm this evening in celebration of the ‘light of peace’ that emerged out of the darkness.

Before this, please feel free to purchase your drinks at the outside bar, be entertained by the live music, look around the vintage cars and military weapons, ride the fairground attractions and enjoy the *fish and chips on National Fish and Chips Day [*This is a nod to the significant role fish and chips played to ensure the safety of our troops on foreign soil. Soldiers aware of others in the vicinity, and not knowing friend or foe, called out ‘Fish’. If the response was ‘Chips’ he was certain the unseen person was a friend].

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council would like to thank all of those involved in putting together this event including David Hathaway Transport LTD and members of the RBL. Special thanks to RWBRFC for the use of their venue, their help and support.

Timetable

6.30pm Mayor’s welcome 

6.35pm – 7.00pm Cantanti and Cantantini Choirs 

7.00pm – 8.30pm 41° Big Band 

8.30pm – 9.00pm Wessex Choir 

(For anyone wishing to join in, words to hymns Jerusalem and I Vow to Thee My Country can be found further down) 

9.00pm – Gather for the Tribute and Lighting of the Beacon 

Reading/Prayer 

 Exhortation 

‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: 

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

we will remember them.’ 

All    We will remember them. 

Last Post 

Kohima 

‘When you go home tell them of us and say, 

 for your tomorrow, we gave our today.’ 

International Tribute

Let us remember those who gave their lives at home and abroad during the D-Day landings, whose sacrifice enables us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today. 

Let us remember those who came home wounded, physically and mentally, and the friends and family who cared for them. 

Let us remember those who are returned to restore their relationships and rebuild their working lives after years of conflict and turmoil. 

Let us remember the families that lost husbands, wives, sons, daughters and sweethearts. 

Let us remember the servicemen and women and merchant seafarers of all faiths and Nationalities – from all countries – who fought, suffered and died during the D-Day landings and six years of war. 

 Let us all remember those in the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, and our Allies – the brave people who kept us safe on the homes front and abroad and those in reserved occupations during difficult times of war. 

 Let us remember the brave doctors and nurses who cared for the wounded, the men and the women who toiled in the fields, the coal mines, the factories, snd the air raid wardens, police officers, firemen, ambulance drivers and the young people of the Scouts and Guides who all played such a vital role in the war.

9.15pm – Lighting of the Beacon 

Followed by the National Anthem sung by the Wessex Choir 

The National Anthem  

(First verse) 

God save our gracious King! 
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious, 
Happy and glorious, 
Long to reign over us, 
God save the King.

 

Jerusalem 

And did those feet in ancient time 

Walk upon Englands mountains green: 

And was the holy Lamb of God, 

On Englands pleasant pastures seen! 

 

And did the Countenance Divine, 

Shine forth upon our clouded hills? 

And was Jerusalem builded here, 

Among these dark Satanic Mills? 

 

Bring me my Bow of burning gold: 

Bring me my arrows of desire: 

Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold! 

Bring me my Chariot of fire! 

 

I will not cease from Mental Fight, 

Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand: 

Till we have built Jerusalem, 

In Englands green & pleasant Land.

 

I Vow to Thee My Country
 

I vow to thee, my country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love 

The love that asks no questions
The love that stands the test
That lays upon the altar
The dearest and the best 

The love that never falters
The love that pays the price
The love that makes undaunted
The final sacrifice 

And there’s another country
I’ve heard of long ago
Most dear to them that love her
Most great to them that know 

We may (we may not count her armies)
We may (we may not see her King)
Her fortress is a faithful heart
Her pride is suffering 

And soul by soul and silently
Her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness
And all her paths are peace 

 

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