D-DAY 80th Anniversary - Lighting of Uphill Millennium Beacon

Date Published: 30th May 2024


The 6th June 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces mounted the largest amphibious invasion the world has ever witnessed. In 1944 Operation Overlord saw around 4,000 ships and landing craft set down about 132,500 troops on five Normandy beaches in an action that would bring about the liberation of north-west Europe from Nazi occupation.

The bravery and sacrifice of those people in securing the peace and freedom we enjoy today will be observed by the lighting of beacons around the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

It is our country’s opportunity to remember over 209,000 Allied casualties of Operation Overlord. This includes nearly 37,000 ground forces and 16,714 air forces killed in the invasion of Normandy’s Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches, and the long and bloody campaign that followed.  Beacons will be lit on all five beaches to remember those who died or came home wounded.

The International 80th Anniversary D-Day Beacon will be lit in Normandy at 8.15pm (British Summer Time), at the British Normandy Memorial overlooking Gold Beach, with the other Beacons located on Utah, Omaha, Juno and Sword beaches being lit at 8.30pm BST, followed by the Principal United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man Beacon at Portsmouth, England at 9.15pm BST. 

Uphill's Millennium Beacon will be also be lit at 9.15 pm as part of the national chain.

D-Day was a monumental campaign to rid Europe of Nazi horror, and the 80th anniversary of this remarkable operation deserves the recognition and gratitude of our country. Please join us on 6th June 2024 to commemorate the sacrifices made by so many in our name.

Download programme for the event HERE.