With the 76th Anniversary of the raid almost upon us, here is the schedule of events both in the UK and in Saint-Nazaire.
Sunday 18th March - Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Wreath laying at graves of Able Seaman Bill Savage VC, Leading Motor Mechanic Thomas George Parker, and Bombardier Johnny Johnson at Falmouth Cemetery at 09.30.
Remembrance Service and wreath laying at the Chariot Memorial on the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth at 11.00.
Followed by reception and buffet for invitees at Watersports Centre.
Saturday 24th March - London
Society lunch for Members and Associate Members, Union Jack Club, London, (opposite Waterloo Station): starts at 11.30.
Tuesday 27th March - Saint-Nazaire, France
Battlefield Tour, St Nazaire, lead by Peter Lush. Meet at Commando Memorial (by Old Mole) at 10.00.
Remembrance Service at Escoublac Military Cemetery at 15.00.
Pre dinner drinks at the Le Ponton Bar, Saint-Nazaire at 18.00.
Society Dinner for Society Members and Associate Members, Le Berry Hotel, Saint-Nazaire at 19.30.
Wednesday 28th March - Saint-Nazaire, France
At 10.00 on the Old Mole itself, there will be a Breton tribute to the Raiders. See - https://www.facebook.com/groups/178273432634/permalink/10155555530037635/
The main Society commemoration will take place at the Commando Memorial, Saint-Nazaire, 11.30.
Vin d’ honneur hosted by the Mairie at the Theatre de Saint-Nazaire at 12.00
A sample of the several plinths and commemoratives plaques which comprise the body of the Operation Chariot Memorial at the base of Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth.
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Other Ceremonies and Memorials
Aside from the major commemorations, those who wish to pay their respects to the memory of the fallen might bear in mind the National Memorial Aboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, where can be found memorials to both the Commandos and to Combined Operations Command (www.thenma.org.uk) The Naval Memorials at Plymouth, Portsmouth and Chatham contain the names of many of the Naval personnel who lost their lives on the Raid; and a number of Commando personnel are commemorated in Brookwood Military Cemetery, in Surrey. Each year the Commando Veterans' Association will hosts its annual Summer Service at Alrewas; and over in November, the CVA holds its annual Remembrance ceremony at Fort William and Spean Bridge. This is a significant event, amidst the beauty of the Highlands, and you can find further details at the CVA website - http://www.commandoveterans.org/site/events
Special commemorative events
Over recent years there have been a number of privately organised and funded expeditions to Saint-Nazaire, mainly carried out by representatives of our Armed Forces wishing to pay their respects in a rather more unconventional manner - be it via a sponsored cycle ride, or a trip to the port by motorcycle. While these do not involve the Society directly, we might, were we to be informed beforehand, be able to assist with information, local contacts and even publicity where appropriate. Details of how to do this can be found on our 'Contact Us' page.
Events and Commemorations...
Events Associated with the 76th Anniversary, March, 2018