A piper led a parade of veterans through Donington to a service and the laying of wreaths at the Arnhem Oak Tree Memorial.
The service was held at St Mary & The Holy Rood, which contains the Arnhem altar and memorial area in remembrance of the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers based in Donington for several months and who saw active service in the battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden.
Edward Finch says: “In a very moving service all the names of their fallen comrades were read out by Arnhem veteran Tom Hicks. The Parachute Regiment’s Airborne prayer was then read out. A bugler played the Last Post, followed by two minutes’ silence which ended with the bugler playing the Reveille. A piper then moved among the congregation in church playing the Squadron Lament and the service ended with the National Anthem and a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory.”
Veterans exchanged memories over tea while looking at the squadron’s historic archive of WW2 photographs displayed by Fred Gray.