2019 is the 75th anniversary of Operation Bulbasket and, as ever, the commemorations were held on 3 July, the actual date of the battle that took place in the forest near Verrieres between a group of SAS and French Resistance on one side and a much larger German Army contingent on the other.
One of the last survivors of the SAS actions around this area, Alec Borrie, lays a wreath on behalf of the SAS.
This year's turn out at the monument beat all records with representatives from all levels of Government, Communes and Regimental associations.
The nephew of Lt Thomos Stephens
One minut's silence for the fallen
Verrieres UNC Standard lowered in respect
Alec Borrie, Legion D'Honeur paying his respects to those who were fighting only a few miles away from his group at the same time.
WO Officer Ken Checkett RN shows the Army how to salute correctly.
The SAS group with an enactment group dressed with great accuracy and care in the battle dress and nurses uniforms of the time. Local historian M. Christian Richard on left.
The last surviving witness - M. Francis Mesmin was a small boy working in the field next to the SAS camp on the day of the German raid, he witnessed the fire fight and was captured along with the SAS but released later that morning.
The Mayor of Verrieres with Alec Borrie and representatives of the Gendarmerie, SASRA and Regional Government.
After the ceremonies at the graveyard and monument, a select few moved to the site of the camp where we were treated to a very accurate account of events by a local historian, M. Christian Richard.
To complete the ceremonial events, a toast to, "Absent Friends" after which we repaired to Verrieres for lunch in a local restaurant.