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Churches across the Diocese of Norwich are taking part in the 80th anniversary of D-Day by lighting a Lamp Light of Peace.

The light from the flame represents the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of war and the colour red has been chosen for the lamp as it represents the ultimate sacrifice undertaken on the Beaches of Normandy and throughout World War II as a whole. The D Day Lamp Light of Peace can then be lit again at 11am on every Remembrance Sunday after.

Great Yarmouth Minster was the chosen venue to light the first Lamp Light of Peace on 14 May.  During the Second World War, the church was bombed and nearly destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1961.

Earlier this month, the lit lamp was taken from the Minster to the headquarters of the charity Walking with the Wounded. On 6 June, it will be taken across the English Channel to pass its flame of remembrance to other lamps on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

At Norwich Cathedral, a Lamp Light of Peace will be lit during the commemorative evensong at 5.30pm on 6 June. Members of the Royal British Legion will be attending.

At Kings Lynn Minster, people will be gathering around the Lamp Light of Peace with the local Cadets at 5.45pm on 6 June. This is part of a whole day of events in King’s Lynn. There will also be a book of remembrance and flowers on display at the Minster from Sunday 2 June to Sunday 9 June.

All are welcome to attend the services, or you can find a local church near you. A Church Near You