A D-Day reenactment in Blyth, Northumberland. Credit: Duncan Kidd via Unsplash.

June 6 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

In 1944, tens of thousands of soldiers made their way across borders to the north of France in what was named Operation Overlord, one of the most significant military campaigns in history.

Arriving on five beaches in Normandy, the American, British, and Canadian troops established a foothold across the French coast in order to liberate northwest Europe from Nazi control.

The success of the D-Day operation marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany and subsequently set the stage for more allied operations in Europe ahead of the end of World War 2 in 1945.

D-Day commemorations are held every year across the UK and other countries involved in the invasion but this year holds high importance as it marks the 80th anniversary.

Here’s how you can join in events for this historic day in the East Midlands:

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Derby Cathedral is hosting a D-Day service on June 6. Credit: Ashley Nadin.
Services on June 6

Derby Cathedral will host a commemorative service at 5.15pm as a chance for those who took part in the Normandy landings and wider armed forces to reflect on this day.

Following the service, bells will peal and refreshments will be available.

Leicester Cathedral will also host an evensong service at 5.30pm which everyone is welcome to attend.

Medals and uniforms may be worn to both events.

Evening sunset parade – Victoria Embankment

On Tuesday June 11 at 6.30pm, armed forces and veterans are forming for a march across the Nottingham Embankment. Medals and uniforms may be worn.

The Mapperley event will host tutorials on 1940s dancing styles and music from this era. Credit: John Ferrell
1940s dance

On Saturday June 8, Mapperley Plains Recreation and Social Club are hosting a 1940s dance to all the war classics.

Ashby Little Big Band, vocalist Kitty LaMare and a 1940s DJ will accompany dance the tutorial.

Tickets are £11.

Afternoon tea – Nottinghamshire County Hall

On Wednesday June 12, Nottinghamshire residents over 90 (accompanied by a family member or carer/friend) are invited for afternoon tea at County Hall 1.30pm to 4pm.

People are encouraged to bring along medals, photos and memorabilia.

We’ll Meet Again Museum

The Lincolnshire museum is welcoming visitors who wish to learn more about D-Day to their event this weekend, June 7-9.

The museum hosts a vast collection of wartime memorabilia and will have performances replicating 1940s music.