Order of proceedings.

  1. 1.     INTRODUCTORY MUSIC

Recorded by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, by kind permission of the Director of Music Royal Marines.

Duration 7m 35s, during which the visitors are requested to take their seats for the ceremony.  The Mayor takes position at the podium, with the British Defence Attaché (Air Commodore Maas) and the RAF Staff Chaplain (Revd. Squadron Leader Wakeham-Dawson) seated close by.

 

  1. 2.     THE MAYOR WELCOMES HIS GUESTS AND PRESENTS HIS OPENING ADDRESS

 

The English translation is delivered by Monsieur Tenno Dogger

 

  1. 3.     RESPONSE AND OPENING ADDRESS OF DEFENCE ATTACHÉ

 

  1. 4.     UNVEILING OF THE MEMORIAL

During the playing of The Flowers of the Forest the Defence Attaché and Monsieur Oxéant, accompanied by the Mayor, take post on each side of the monument and simultaneously remove the Union flag and the Tricolour, which they each ceremoniously fold and return to place safely at the podium.  The RAF Staff Chaplain then positions himself for the dedication, with Madam Duval in readiness to interject with the French translation.

 

  1. 5.     DEDICATION, IN ENGLISH AND IN FRENCH

The Staff Chaplain pronounces the dedication, with Madam Duval providing the sentence by sentence translation, all standing until the prayers at No.10.

 

  1. 6.     LAYING OF WREATHS AND TRIBUTES

During the recorded music wreaths will be laid in groups of three, in the following order:-

 

(The Mayor (on behalf of the citizens of Vierville sur Mer)

(Defence Attaché (on behalf of the RAF)

(Leslie Dobinson (on behalf of 2nd TAF veterans)

 

(Mrs Margaret Montgomery (on behalf of Flt Sgt Adair)

(Mrs Pat Dawson (on behalf of the Adair families)

(Peter Best (in memory of his late father Sqdn Ldr N Best MC)

 

Representatives of other families, in groups of three people.

 

As the music ends the Mayor, the Defence Attaché and Leslie Dobinson position themselves before the memorial, whilst others remain standing in readiness for the Exhortation and the lowering of RAF Ensign and dipping of any Standards at the sounding of the Last Post.

 

1.   7.     ROYAL BRITISH LEGION EXHORTATION

Delivered first in French by Madame Carole Duval from the podium, then in English by the Staff Chaplain.  Then await the recorded choral response “We will remember them” by the RM Choir.

 

  1. 8.     THE LAST POST, SILENCE AND REVEILLE

Those in uniform salute during the Last Post, RAF Ensign to half mast and Standards dipped until Reveille.

 

  1. 9.     THE KOHIMA EPITAPH

Delivered first in French, then in English, by 2nd TAF Omaha Beach veteran Leslie Dobinson, from the memorial.

 

  1. 10.  THE LORD’S PRAYER (said simultaneously in French and in English)

Staff Chaplain in English, invite us to accompany a recording of the Lord’s prayer, and to remain standing for the National Anthems.

 

  1. 11.  THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS

Join the recording of the Canadian National Anthem in English; followed by two verses of “God Save the Queen”, rendered by the Royal Marines Choir, followed by “La Marseillaise” recorded by Mireille Mathieu.

 

  1. 12.  EXPRESSION OF THANKS BY THE DEFENCE ATTACHÉ

Delivered on behalf of the visitors, first in French, then in English

 

1.    13.   CLOSING SPEECH.

Closing speech by the Mayor and his invitation to attend the Vin d’Honeur.

Comments
One Response to “Order of proceedings.”
  1. Les says:

    Corrections:

    1.1 For Carole Duval read Monsieur Tenno Dogger

    1.4 After Monsieur Oxeant insert “, accompanied by the Mayor,”

    For 1. ROYAL BRITISH … … etc read 1.7 ROYAL BRITISH … … etc
    and for Tenno Dogger read Madame Carole Duval

    1.10 Delete all before “Staff Chaplain”

    Insert 1.13 Closing speech my the Mayor and his invitation to attend the Vin d’Honneur

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