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British Normandy Memorial Normandy, France

British Normandy Memorial

British Normandy Memorial

by Carpenter oak

On June 6th 1944, the largest seaborne invasion "Operation Overlord" began on 5 beaches of the Normandy coast, turning the tide in WW2 and ensuring the continuance of the many freedoms we enjoy today.

Commencing in 2016, the Normandy Memorial Trust started construction of the British Normandy Memorial to honour the many who selflessly gave their lives in the conflict. Situated overlooking ‘Gold Beach’ - the centre beach of the five designated landing areas - 160 stone columns were erected with the names of 22,442 soldiers and French civilians engraved.

The Memorial site was formally inaugurated on June 6th 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in a ceremony led by the then British Prime Minister Theresa May and the French President Emmanuel Macron. Read more about the memorial and stories of the servicemen and women it commemorates on official website. https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/

The Benches

Carpenter Oak were chosen to provide the timber elements of the memorial and the 22 benches in surrounding grounds. We’re very honoured to have been involved in the supply of Oak for the benches. Situated so close to the open sea required careful selection of Prime Grade Air Dried Oak to ensure timber stability and minimise movement.

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