D Day 80 Remembrance Parties

Celebrating with our sheltered housing residents.


7 June 2024

D-Day Remembered with Songs and Celebrations at River Clyde Homes

Residents of River Clyde Homes sheltered housing had a memorable time commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day, with the teams organising afternoon tea parties packed with entertainment and delicious treats, ensuring a day filled with joy and remembrance.

Afternoon tea with cakes and sandwiches provided a delightful backdrop for the celebrations. The festivities were enlivened by professional singers, along with a special performance by the Saint Mary's School children. The familiar melodies had everyone joining in for singalongs, creating a heartwarming atmosphere of shared memories and appreciation.

John Galt House residents were also treated to an extra special event. The stirring sounds of a piper and a march by a sea cadet parade added a touch of solemnity and pride to the occasion.

D-Day, which took place on June 6, 1944, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, marking a pivotal moment in World War II. The brave soldiers who participated in the D-Day operation helped pave the way for the eventual liberation of Europe.

The efforts of all our staff ensured that residents not only enjoyed a delightful afternoon but also had a chance to reflect on the significance of this historic event. The 80th-anniversary commemoration parties were a resounding success, bringing residents and staff together in a spirit of celebration and remembrance!

While there's no record of direct military involvement from Inverclyde in the D-Day landings themselves, the region played a crucial supporting role. Greenock, the main town in Inverclyde, served as a significant wartime hub.

The town's shipyard was likely busy constructing and repairing vessels needed for the invasion. Greenock was also home to a base for Catalina flying boats, which were long-range patrol aircraft. These aircraft may have been involved in reconnaissance missions leading up to D-Day or in patrolling the English Channel during the invasion.

More importantly, the people of Inverclyde undoubtedly contributed to the war effort. From shipyard workers to those involved in coordinating supplies, the community played a vital role in ensuring the Allies had the resources they needed for D-Day and the liberation of Europe.

The commemorations held in Inverclyde for the D-Day anniversaries highlight the area's pride in its wartime contributions.