There will be celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day with events in the UK and in Normandy on Thursday June 6, 2024, as well as with community events around the UK.

More information about local and national events and celebrations will be published on this webpage as details are confirmed.

Lighting the Beacon competition

A competition is being held to find a local resident to play an important part as Charnwood marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Charnwood Borough Council is searching for a resident who has a military background or link to D-Day to join the Mayor of Charnwood in the lighting of the beacon ceremony in Queen’s Park in Loughborough on the evening of Thursday June 6, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Applications close on Monday May 6, 2024.

The council is asking to hear from applicants why they would want to be considered for this very special task, and what it would mean from them to be chosen to light the beacon.

Find out more and apply


The Government webpage details national coverage and events around D-Day:

Visit the GOV.UK D-Day 80 webpage

Royal British Legion (RBL) D-Day 80 events

The Royal British Legion (RBL) will be marking the 80th anniversary with events in the UK and Normandy on 5 and 6 June 2024, as well as with community events around the UK.

The RBL are inviting Normandy veterans, families of the fallen, descendants of Normandy veterans, and members of the public to join them in commemorating D-Day 80. Please note registrations for all events have now closed.

Last updated: Mon 15th April, 2024 @ 15:06