New memorial plaque unveiled at Boston’s D-Day service

D Day service at Boston Memorial gardens and official unveiling of a new plaque commemorating Dunkirk, Normandy and Korean veterans.
D Day service at Boston Memorial gardens and official unveiling of a new plaque commemorating Dunkirk, Normandy and Korean veterans.

A CEREMONY to mark D-Day took place at Boston Memorial Gardens on Monday morning.

The combined thanksgiving and commemoration service was held at the war memorial, in Wide Bargate, in memory of Dunkirk, Normandy and Korean veterans.

Local veterans were joined by members of the public, The Rev Canon Robin Whitehead and Boston’s new mayor, Coun Mary Wright.

Prayers were read, wreaths were laid and the Union flag was raised and a two-minute silence held.

Korean veteran, Frank Thompson, of Boston, said: “It was a lovely atmosphere and a great mix of old and young.”

The service was held to commemmorate the 71st anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk, the 67th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and the 58th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Conducting the service, the Rev Canon Whitehead said: “Men and women of Boston we come to give thanks to Almighty God for those, who by their selfless endeavour in the cause of freedom, ensured victory against the enemies of mankind.”

The day also saw the unveiling and blessing of the memorial garden’s 39th plaque – which has been dedicated to the Royal Observer Corps Seaborne Wing.

Two of their veterans, one from York, the other from Dorchester, travelled to Boston for the ceremony.

Mr Thompson, a member of the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, said: “We initially only hoped to put 30 plaques in the Memorial Gardens, then it turned to 40, and now we are planning to just keep going as our new target is 50.”

Mr Thompson, along with Normandy veteran Les Budding, were the recipients of a Boston Standard Community Spirit Pride Award this year for their work with the committee to improve the town’s Memorial Gardens.