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Ceremony to remember St Nazaire raid and ‘Freedom’ presentation to Falmouth’s Royal Naval Association

By WBCraig  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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The St Nazaire parade in 2012

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FALMOUTH will remember soldiers who lost their lives during a World War Two raid in Germany-occupied France.

The St Nazaire Memorial Service on Saturday will be followed by a special presentation to the town’s Royal Naval Association (RNA).

The memorial service for the men who died during a mission to destroy a German submarine base in 1942 will be held at the Prince of Wales Pier at 11am, following a 15-minute march from The Moor.

A two-minute silence will be held with the laying of Wreaths at the St Nazaire Memorial.

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At 11.20am the parade will reform to march back to The Moor for the presentation of the ‘Freedom’ of the town to Falmouth’s RNA branch.

Falmouth Town Council will make history by becoming the first local authority to hand the Freedom – an award handed to either an individual or an organisation for services to a town or city – to an RNA branch.

The honour means that RNA branch members will be able to have their colours flying and bayonets drawn when parading with the Town Mayor on civic occasions – an honour which they will exercise for the first time on Saturday.

The parade will form again at 11.50am to march through the town taking the salute at King Charles the Martyr Parish Church.

Any organisation or individual which wants to lay a wreath should advise Val Rogers by calling 01326 315559 or email valerierogers@falmouthtowncouncil.com.

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