Introducing the commemorative Convoy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day! Proudly co-hosted by Snows Jeep.
On Thursday 2nd May 2019, over 40 invited guests, including Snows Jeep representatives, joined together at the Liberty House, Greenham Common, to hear about a unique event which will raise funds for the Annual Poppy Appeal. Introducing the commemorative Convoy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day!
A former member of the WRNS (Wrens) was the guest of honour at the formal launch. Marion Loveland (nee Clarke) was one of the team at HMS Collingwood responsible for relaying General Eisenhower’s orders to the Invasion Fleet on 6 June 1944. She will officially start the Drive to Remember, the name given to a convoy of classic military vehicles which will travel 50 miles in salute to all those who perished during D-Day.
This historic one day event will take place on Saturday 22 June with a 9.30 AM start from MOD Southwick, near Fareham, Hampshire former DDay Headquarters.
The 50 vehicles escorted by 25 motorcycle outriders of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch will travel via the A32 to Alton, and then via the B3349 to former RAF Lasham home of the Lasham Gliding Society. More vehicles will join here and the convoy then continues on the A339 and via the ring road to Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, arriving at approximately noon. At this venue the vehicles will be a visiting attraction on a day when the museum hosts one of their own special events.
After a stopover of about an hour the convoy with more vehicles will travel on the A339 to Kingsclere where it will divert through the village for the interest of the community. Additional vehicles will join the convoy at Kingsclere.
A short drive then follows to the Green Gate entrance, Old Thornford Road, Greenham Common . Here the vehicles and drivers will assemble to welcome the Poppy Parachute Team which will drop on to the common at approximately 2.30 pm. The parachute drop will be a symbolic act of returning the spirit of the men to the base from which they flew on D-Day. The final destination and the venue for the main commemorations will be the campus at Newbury College which is large enough to host all the activities that are planned.
The journey is a recreation of General Eisenhower’s drive from DDay Headquarters on the afternoon of 5 June 1944 when he visited men of the Parachute Infantry Regiments at Greenham Common hours before they were to drop in to Occupied Europe.
Patrick Kempe one of the team of volunteers helping to organise the event said “In this 75th Anniversary Year of D-Day it is right that we recognise the dedication and sacrifice of a generation and also take the opportunity to help todays Armed Forces personnel through fundraising for the Royal British Legion. A huge thank you goes to Snows Jeep, Hampshire for making this event possible and to the many other organisations who have come forward to contribute both financially and practically to ensure we can present this historic event”.
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Author: Sophie Taylor
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Posted on 07/05/2019