Jersey remembers D-Day heroes on 80th anniversary

Jersey has marked the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a series of commemoration events.

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in St Helier to pay tribute to the 156,000 Allied troops who landed on Normandy's coast on 6 June, 1944, the start of a campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied north-western Europe.

The anniversary was also marked by a beacon lighting at Noirmont Point at 21:15 BST.

It was part of a chain of beacons being lit around the world, including much of the UK and the Normandy coast of France.

Soldiers and people at a beacon lighting
A beacon lighting ceremony was part of D-Day anniversary celebrations in Jersey [BBC]

The lighting of the beacon followed a service at the war memorial on Jersey's south coast, led by Bailiff Sir Timothy Le Cocq.

Deputy Ian Gorst, External Relations Minister, said it was an honour and privilege to be part of D-Day commemorations.

He said it was important to pay tribute to those who "gave their lives for our freedom today".

"It is our duty to keep their memory alive, to stand up to tyranny, and to continue our pursuit of liberty, unity and peace," he said.

Wreaths laid in memory of D-Day
Wreaths have been laid in Jersey to mark D-Day's anniversary [BBC]

D-Day marked the beginning of Allied troops liberating parts of western Europe which had been occupied by the Nazis.

Jersey, along with the other Channel Islands, were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Nazis.

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