Residents of Stone Parish and children from the local schools joined Councillors and the Mayor of Dartford to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. After a short walk uphill to the Old War Memorial, located on Stone Pit One, the sun shone on the monument as Reverend Kenneth Clark led a poignant and moving service to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day 80 years ago.

Wreaths were laid by local dignitaries and by the primary school children of Stone St Mary’s who had made their own wreaths for the occasion. Vice Chair Councillor Stephanie Thredgle read a moving poem and residents observed a two minute silence, commenced by the sounding of The Last Post and concluded with Reveille.

The War Memorial itself was originally built in 1921. Unfortunately is was seriously vandalised in the 1960’s. It was then restored by landowners Land Logical in 2021 where specialist stonemasons were engaged to have the white cross soar over the area once again.

Chairperson Councillor Jessica McQueen said, “It was wonderful to see so many come out for such a solemn occasion. We must never forget the sacrifices that were made on that fateful day.”

Thank you to all that attended.

We Will Remember Them.