Each year on the Sunday nearest to 6th June, a simple and touching ceremony is held beside the memorial to the multinational crew of a Lancaster bomber downed in a nearby field. Today local families and expat Brits gathered as usual. I think this is the first time we’ve had such non-summer weather for the occasion, but all went well, with messages from some of the airmen’s families, fanfares and national anthems from the village band. Poppied crosses are laid with reverence beside each name. It’s hard to believe that it is 72 years since the events of that night.
The ceremony concludes with a “vin d’honneur offert par le maire de Cerisy la Salle” and the chance to catch up with friends.