Remembering the courage of 1944
This year marks the 80th anniversaries of momentous battles and turning points of the Second World War.
The D-Day landings of 6th June – the largest seaborne invasion in history – marked the beginning of the liberation of western Europe.
Elsewhere on the globe exceptionally hard-fought battles were also turning the tide of the war. The Battle of Monte Cassino was the bloodiest of the Italian Campaign and in India Outnumbered British and Indian forces withstood weeks of siege and brutal fighting at the Battles of Kohima and Imphal.
The Royal British Legion will mark the service and sacrifice of the armed forces in these and other battles with local events organised by its branches.
Remembrance in 2024
Key dates in 2024
- 18 May 2024: 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Monte Cassino
- 5 June 2024: RBL is hosting a D-Day 80 Bayeux War Cemetery Commemorative Event in France
- 6 June 2024: 80th anniversary of D-Day and the start of the Battle of Normandy
- 6 June 2024: British National D-Day 80 Remembrance Event at the British Normandy Memorial, France
- 6 June 2024: Marking D-Day 80 with a Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum
- 22 June 2024: 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Kohima
- 18 July 2024: 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Imphal
- 25 September 2024: 80th anniversary of the end of Operation Market Garden
- 8 November 2024: 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Scheld