This year's ceremonies were the best attended we have ever seen, in addition to the usual platoon from the Military College at St Maxient l'Écolle, their two star General Commandant and the French Parachutists Association there were contingents of Junior Firefighters, the American Legion and a group of Resistance re-enactors resplendent in there very convincing period costumes. In addition, the public turnout was greater than ever evident by the number of cars parked on the forest trails filling the designated car park and stretching back some 500 metres either side of the Stele. At the cemetery in Rom there were even more public attendees swelling the numbers at the grave side commemoration. All in all a truly outstanding representation of solidarity in remembrance of the men of B Squadron SAS, Lt Lincoln Bundy USAAF and the French Resistance.
Early Sunday morning and the crowds begin to assemble in the forest at St Sauvant.
Branch President prior to laying wreath at St Sauvant
Branch standard bearer, Jamie McCaw with his wife, Sally.
The General Commandant of the Army college at St Maxient l'Écolle inspects the mass graves where the bodies of those massacred were interred before re-burial at Rom.
The ceremony in progress at the Stèle.
Our President, David Young laying the Poppy wreath.
Arrival at the cemetery at Rom for the second part of the ceremony.
Standards and wreath layers mustering at the Commonwealth War Graves.
Fallen-in for the wreath laying ceremony.
David Young laying our wreath.
French Army wreath.
French Parachutists Association wreath.
Commune of Rom wreath
Commune of St Sauvant wreath.
French Pompiers wreath laid by one of the "Jeunes Sapeurs Pompiers" and note the young Standard bearer in the background - a tribute to the youth of France who very much keep alive the act of rememberance for their freedom.
Once again the youth of France, I would say, moved by the gravity of the occasion.
An array of UNC Standards with our own and two American Legion.
Standard bearers being thanked, most definitely the youngest being thanked by our President.
The grave of Lt Lincoln Bundy USAAF who had bailed out of his P51 Mustang and joined the SAS group but was later captured and executed with them.
The grave of 21 years old Private GHF BUDDEN and fallen-in behind, the youth branch of the French Fire Brigade - not a great deal of age difference between them!
A tribute to the French Resistance, this group really looked the part in their splendid period costumes - a reminder that the acheivements of this successful yet ill fated operation was greatly supported by the Resistance.