An Invitation to the 70th Anniversary Celebration of D-Day in St. Dogmaels, Wales

Posted: April 2, 2014 in 1944, Men of the 111th Ordnance Company, Wales 1943-44
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We are beginning to get details of the planning going on right now for a week-long (May 31-June 6) celebration of WWII and the 111th Ordnance Company in St. Dogmaels, Wales (next to the town of Cardigan), the village where the men of the 111th were billeted in the months preceding D-Day, 1944. They tell us that they would love to have family members of the men attend; they understand that the five surviving members who were there in 1944 are all in their 90s now and don’t travel that far any more, unfortunately. Ed and I will be there for sure. Please contact me via the comments section of this blog if you are thinking of coming, and I can give you more information about getting there, etc.

Here is the latest word I have from the organizer of the events there:

“Heather and I aren’t in a position to completely confirm everything we have planned as we are awaiting confirmation on one or two ideas and I wouldn’t want to give you any misinformation at this stage.

“What I can confirm however is that the community of St Dogmaels are planning a series of events during the week [May 31-June 6] commemorating the anniversary of the D-day landings including a special evening (dinner/dance supper) in one of our village halls to welcome the friends and families of the GI’s and if the GI’s themselves cannot make the long journey, we intend to video conference on that evening if this is something they would like.

“During the week we will programme in tours by minibus of certain sites of interest including: Some of the beaches that were re-created to be similar to the Normandy beaches that were used for practice prior to the invasion, e.g. Freshwater Beach; Carew airfield; Henllan Prisoner of War camp.

“When possible (no immediate rush) could you give us an indication of numbers that are interested in coming over.
It would be fantastic to have you here.

“As I say there a couple of other ideas in the pipeline, but we are awaiting confirmation on these. As soon as we know more, one of us will keep you in the loop.”

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Comments
  1. jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

    HI HO, !!! THAT SURE SOUNDS LIKE A GRAND TRIP FOR YOU…….ME I’M AFRAID THAT MY 94 YEAR OLD BODY, COULDN’T TAKE IT…I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT IT WHEN YOU GET BACK… WHEN DO YOU LEAVE ??..FOR NOW HOWEVER, I BID YOU TA, TA, AND KEEP IN TOUCH.

  2. Tom Sedlacek says:

    Hi Andrea and Ed. Thanks for posting Roland’s letter. Awesome ! Tom Sedlacek

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