16 Oct 2014
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG KCVO, Patron of the Normandy Veterans Association attended a Service to Mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign and the Laying Up of the National Standard of the Normandy Veterans Association at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, on Thursday 16th October 2014.
The service was conducted by the Venerable Canon Andrew Tremlett, Sub-Dean of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret's Church, who said in his Bidding: 'Here in the heart of our nation's capital, we gather to give thanks to almighty God for the loyal service given to Crown and country by all members, living and departed, of the Normandy Veterans Association; to commemorate the victory of the few, achieved on land, at sea, and in the air, for the liberation of the many; and, in this holy place, to lay to rest this Standard.'
Brigadier David Baines MBE, National President, Normandy Veterans Association, read Ecclesiasticus 44: 1-15 and HRH The Duke of Gloucester, read St Matthew 5: 1-12.
The Address was given by the Reverend Dr David Coulter QHC, Chaplain General to HM Land Forces.
The Rector of St Margaret's accepted the National Standard of the Normandy Veterans Association into safe keeping and laid it upon the Altar of St Margaret's.
Prayers were said by the Reverend Mandy Reynolds CF, Chaplain, the Normandy Veterans Association; and the Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon and Sacrist of Westminster.
The service was sung by the Choir of St Margaret's Church conducted by Aidan Oliver, Director of Music. The organ was played by Richard Pearce.
The Order of Service (PDF, 445 KB)
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