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Armed Forces Day Memorial Convoy 2022

Event Location: West Meon Petersfield
Saturday 25th June 2022
10:15am – 11:00am


In June 2019 during the official commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a convoy of WW2 military vehicles travelled fifty miles through Hampshire and Berkshire.

The convoy travelled the route taken by General Eisenhower on the afternoon of 5th June 1944 hours before the launch of Operation Overlord, the Invasion of Occupied Europe. Eisenhower visited men of the 101st American Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed at Greenham Common (USAAF base AF 486) who were to be among the first troops into enemy territory and who were likely to suffer heavy losses.

When the convoy arrived at the former WW2 airfield the Act of Remembrance by British Military personnel was a parachute drop with a WW2 48-star American flag, returning the spirit of those who lost their lives during the D-Day Campaign. A representative of the United States Embassy planted a memorial tree.

The organisers have now announced a special event on 25th June 2022 to coincide with Armed Forces Day. The Armed Forces Day Memorial Convoy, which will travel the shorter route of thirty-seven miles from Southwick House PO17 6EJ to Basingstoke RG22 6PG, is in memory of the Fallen of all Wars.

The event is not only about Remembrance, it is also about looking to the future and the care and wellbeing of Veterans through fundraising for the Royal British Legion Riders Branch, members of which will be providing a motorcycle escort on the day of the convoy.

The convoy will leave Southwick at approximately 10 am and will take the B2177 to Wickham, the A32 through the Meon Valley to the A31 at Alton. From Alton the convoy will exit via the B3349 on route to the former Lasham Airfield GU34 5SS for a short stop over. They will then take the A339 to Basingstoke arriving at approximately noon.

Vantage points will be advised in due time.

The convoy will be welcomed at a free to enter public event on the show field adjacent the Milestones Living History Museum. The onsite event is open from 10 am to 4 pm and during the afternoon, a memorial plaque will be dedicated to the Fallen.

A free to enter competition in partnership with FAMILY TREE is now live and accessible on line and at participating Southern Co-op stores.

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