Fallen soldiers remembered at Greenhill Gardens
A project remembering US soldiers bound for the front line during World War II has been brought to life at the steps by Greenhill Gardens.
An information board named “Rangers Way” has been installed which serves as a fitting tribute to 225 brave individuals who descended these very steps in 1944 to march towards Weymouth Pavilion, ultimately departing for Normandy, France, during World War II. The project was started by Weymouth resident Tim Goodwin with funding and support from the Friends of Greenhill Gardens and Weymouth Town Council.
The photograph used on the board vividly captures their descent towards the beach, as they made their journey to board the boats bound for Normandy. Sadly, only 90 of them would return return home able to bear arms. The red diamond emblem on the board, adorned with the number 2, symbolises the markings found on the back of the soldiers’ helmets.
Tim Goodwin said: “This board stands as a poignant and lasting tribute to those who valiantly served our nation. These steps shall forever be etched in history as the path soldiers once used, marching along Weymouth Esplanade.”
“It’s a valuable piece of Weymouth’s history, and I invite everyone who visits Greenhill Gardens to take a moment to read this information board.”
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