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Monday 20 May 2024


On 06 June 1944, Allied Troops successfully landed in Normandy by Air and as part of the largest ever Amphibious Operation on GOLD, JUNO, OMAHA, SWORD, AND UTAH beaches.  Sadly nearly 1,500 British Servicemen lost their lives that day. The names of 15 men from Salisbury who died in the Normandy campaign are detailed on the South side of the City War Memorial, at the Guildhall Square.

In the build-up to D Day, Salisbury’s streets bustled with Servicemen and particularly large numbers of GIs from the United States of America.  Victoria Park hosted performances by top performers of the day such as the Glenn Miller band and even a boxing match with World Champion Joe Louis, to entertain the troops.

Salisbury City Council and the Salisbury branch of The Royal British Legion are working in partnership on two events in Salisbury on 6th June 2024 to mark the 80th anniversary of D Day.  City residents are invited to join the small, short service in the morning with a more formal remembrance event in the evening at the War Memorial on the Guildhall Square.


  • At 0800 hrs there will be a gathering at the War Memorial to hear the Town Criers Proclamation and for a short service of Remembrance. The timing reflects all the activity that occurred in the early hours of D Day.
  • At 1815 hrs there will be a formal Remembrance event at the War Memorial, led by the City Mayor with Deputy Lord Lieutenant in attendance


On Saturday 08 June The Royal British Legion will be hosting a Gala Dinner and Dance at the Guildhall. A special event to commemorate D Day, with all money raised going to the RBL Poppy Appeal.  Details about the evening and information on of how to get tickets to this memorable event, can be found at or by emailing salisbury.secretary@rblcommunity or by calling 01722 680125


Cllr Sven Hocking the Mayor of Salisbury commented “Salisbury recognises the great bravery, and in many cases the ultimate sacrifice, made by thousands of men on this day eighty years ago, many of whom were from our City.  We remember their courage with pride, sadness and humility in equal measure and pray that such an action will never be necessary again


Bob Barwick, Vice President of Salisbury RBL said ’06 June 1944 stands out as a pivotal moment in WW2, the acts of heroism, bravery and sacrifice on that day are inspiring and are locked in the annuls of British History.  Alongside the International and National events, we feel it is important to provide an opportunity for Salisbury residents to come together and collectively remember what happened on this momentous day.’