What is Military Day?
Military Day is an annual event held at Trebah to remember and commemorate the bravery of the men and women of the British Armed Forces who have given their lives on active service. The day is organised and coordinated by the Royal Cornwall Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association.
What is Trebah’s connection with the military?
Trebah has two very important links with the military and World War Two.
The first is with D-Day and the assault on Normandy. After months of preparation - during which the beach was concreted and the original boathouse was dynamited - on 1 June 1944, a regiment of 7,500 men of the 29th US Infantry Division, along with their tanks, guns and transport, embarked from Trebah Beach in ten 150-foot flat-bottomed LST landing craft. For five days they battled through enormous seas to the Isle of Wight and then on to the D-Day assault landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, where they suffered grievous casualties. The second is with Major Tony Hibbert MBE MC (1917-2014) who, with his wife Eira, bought the garden in 1981 and began a programme of work to restore the garden to its former glory and passed ownership of the house, garden and cottages to Trebah Garden trust in 1990.
He had a decorated military career during World War Two, including fighting at Arnhem and receiving the Military Cross in 1945.
More information about his life and work at the garden can be found in his book ‘Trebah, My Story’ available in the Gift Shop.
11.30 - Singing on the top lawn 13.30 - Military vehicles head down to the beach & remembrance service with wreath laying 15.00 - Pipe and drums return to the top lawn 15.30 - Singing on the top lawn