Entrain Space, the veterans’ campus in Wilton, commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day in a poignant public ceremony held at The Guild on King Street, Wilton.

The event was held on the morning of Sunday, June 9 to honour the bravery and sacrifices of all those who fought for our freedoms in this pivotal World War II operation.

The ceremony began with a parade of veterans from Entrain Space and from the community, led by Entrain Space resident and British Army Veteran Carl Brown, followed by the Royal British Legion standard-bearer Phil Matthews, who represented the Wilton branch of the RBL.

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The service was delivered by Associate Minister, Rev Andrew Poppe, an RAF Veteran, with ceremonial bugling by Royal Marine Band Service veteran Billy Ginn.

The service was delivered by Rev Andrew Poppe, an RAF veteranThe service was delivered by Rev Andrew Poppe, an RAF veteran (Image: Entrain Space)

British Army veteran, Carl Brown, said: "Leading the parade was an immense honour, and it was heartening to see the community come together to remember and pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day."

Readings were given by Matthew Bell, Founder and Trustee of Entrain Space, Sarah Poppe, British Army veteran and former Entrain Space resident, Ross Moore and Kenny Brown, the Veterans Liaison Manager at Entrain Space.

Matthew Bell said: "This event not only honours the sacrifices made on D-Day, but also highlights the ongoing support and solidarity within our veteran community."

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After the ceremony, the wreath was marched to the Church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas on West Street, Wilton and laid there at the War Memorial.

The event was attended by members of the public and Wilton’s veteran community. The team at Entrain Space said they were 'proud' to host the event in support of veterans and to remember the heroism displayed during D-Day, extending thanks to Ross Moore and Weavers café, as well as all the veterans who took part and everyone who attended and helped make it a success.

Rev (Ret’d) Andrew Poppe said: "Leading the ceremony was a deeply moving experience. It's crucial to remember and honour the bravery of those who served, and events like this help keep their legacy alive."

For more information about Entrain Space and its mission to support military veterans visit entrainspace.co.uk.