Cllr Stephen Cowan with Commander Corey Bursey and Mr Jody Hunt

Remembering those who fought to liberate Europe from fascism

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Cllr Stephen Cowan (centre) with Commander Corey Bursey of the Canadian High Commission and Mr Jody Hunt, the United States Assistant Attorney General

It proved to be the turning point in the Second World War – but few realise that D-Day was planned in Hammersmith by Generals Bernard Montgomery and Dwight Eisenhower, and presented to Winston Churchill and King George VI.

D-Day veteran with medals at the commemorative event
The D-Day event was attended by veterans

On Saturday (8 June) we marked the 75th anniversary of the beach landings which led to the retaking of continental Europe by the Allied forces. An event was held in the gardens of the former St Paul’s School in Hammersmith Road, where Operation Overlord was finalised.

See all the pictures from the D-Day 75th anniversary event

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, said: “It was an honour to speak at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in remembrance of those who fought to bring about the liberation of Europe from fascism.

“It was moving to hear the contributions from Commander Corey Bursey of the Canadian High Commission, and Mr Jody Hunt, the United States Assistant Attorney General.

“The event took place at St Paul’s Gardens, Hammersmith, where Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery planned Operation Overlord.”

See our original story about the 75th anniversary D-Day event in Hammersmith.

Vintage singer Bunny Nightingale sang old-time war songs at the event, which was organised by Cllr David Morton.

Commemorative board in the gardens of the former St Paul’s School
A commemorative board was unveiled in the gardens of the former St Paul’s School

Vintage singer Bunny Nightingale performing at the event
Vintage singer Bunny Nightingale sang old-time war songs at the event

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