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The village commemorating its unique place in D-Day history with moving memorial

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Head into the idyllic village of Lower Peover in Cheshire this week, and you'll find an extraordinary memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

A group of soldiers have been modelled to emerge from a landing craft across a grassy verge in a haunting tableau on the way into the village.

The grass has also been adorned with bright red ceramic poppies. It has become the moving centrepiece amid a number of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the unique place in history this tiny village had to play in the story of Operation Overlord. READ MORE: Free ice cream, thousands of flowers and road closures - Cheshire prepares for 'Britain's poshest wedding' A group of residents in the village have put together the memorial on Smithy Green, which visitors are hailing a 'stunning', 'breathtaking' and 'brilliant reminder' of the heroes who went to war to liberate Europe from Nazi rule.

As a poster at the site of the memorial movingly details, at 00.01 on June 6, 156,000 troops landed in Normanday - by midnight 4,414 troops had lost their lives.

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