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Nescot honoured the 80th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings with a special ceremony led by our Public Services students today (06.06.24).

Staff and students observed a minute’s silence followed by the raising of the Union flag by our Public Services students to pay tribute to the courage and bravery of those who served.

Public Services students, Nathan, Lily, Becky, Krishan and Jheison said that it really mattered to come together to reflect and remember, as if it weren’t for the sacrifices that were made, we would not be here today.

Students on our Supported Internship programme also paid tribute with a display at the base of the flag pole. These included a knitted sculpture representing a soldier created by Margaret Hughes, Employability coach and Horticultural Lead for Foundation Learning along with poppies grown from seed by the students.

As part of the tributes, our Plumbing apprentices from the Construction department built a copper pipe sculpture representing a Spitfire MJ627. The team of students worked on the creation using their teamwork and communication skills. Being the same age as the average soldier in 1944, resonated with them. The sculpture measuring 1.4m in width and 1.6m in length is on display in the Plumbing workshop at the college.

Speaking at the ceremony, Julie Kapsalis, Principal and CEO at Nescot, quoted the words from King Charles’s tribute on the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Portsmouth yesterday and mentioned that she was proud to honour her grandfather’s memory who was part of the D-Day operation. She said, “Today as we remember with humility, pride and gratitude, we and future generations should never forget their sacrifices.”

The UK is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 with a series of major commemorations and events across the UK and in France. Also known as D-Day, the historic operation saw the Allied Forces mount a large-scale invasion of Nazi-occupied France that ultimately tipped the course of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour. For more information visit the D-Day 80 website.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Go Epsom and Epsom Downs Racecourse are jointly running a beacon lighting event to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Epsom Downs on Thursday 6 June, 7-9.30pm. Find out more here