Harwell Remembers

Harwell Campus is marking the 80th Anniversary of D-Day with two remembrance services held at the Harwell Memorial Stone, for all the men and women who fought for our freedom today.

The first service was held on 5th June, 80 years after those from 38 Group RAF, 6th Airborne Division and The Glider Regiment who were stationed at Harwell, were towed up and bravely flew ahead on the eve of D-Day as part of ‘Operation Overlord’, to secure safe passage for those who followed.

The event was hosted by the Harwell branch of the RBL and was attended by Deputy Lieutenant Dr Dennis Blease, local dignitaries, military representatives, local cadets and representatives from on site campus organisations.

The second Commemoration Service will take place on 8th June at the Memorial Stone which stands proudly at the end of the main runway of the former RAF Harwell from which the aircraft took off. The service will also involve a fly past by the Tiger-9 Display Team.

This year the RBL will be joined by Lt Gen Andrew Harrison as our Guest of Honour. Lt Gen Harrison is the Col Commandant of the Parachute Regiment, and the President of the Parachute Regiment Association.

Harwell Campus is proud of its history and recently launched a Heritage Trail to ensure We Will Remember Them. Its first way point is located near the Memorial Stone, where people can listen to the campus’ RAF heritage.

You can find out more about the trail here.