Bill Millin was the personal piper of Lord Lovat Fraser whose Commando Brigade landed on Sword Beach on D-Day. Although not officially allowed Piper Bill Millin marched up and down the beach during the landings and then later as they moved inland as depicted in the film The Longest Day.
The statue has the following 3 plaques.
THANKS TO OUR LIBERATORS
MERCI A NOS LIBERATEURS
ON D DAY, JUNE 6TH 1944, ON THIS SECTOR OF "SWORD BEACH", AS
THE SCOTS HAVE DONE FOR GENERATIONS, THE BRIGADIER LORD
LOVAT, CHIEF OF THE 1ST SPECIAL SERVICE BRIGADE, ALSO A
HIGHLANDS CHIEF, ORDERED HIS PERSONAL PIPER, BILL MILLIN TO
PIPE HIS COMMANDOS ASHORE.
ABOVE THE ROAR OF BATTLE CAME THE SKIRL OF LIBERATION
WITH THE PIPER LEADING THE WAY.
THE BOTH ENTERED LEGEND
IF THEY REMEMBER THE BAGPIPER, THEN THEY WON'T FORGET
THOSE WHO SERVED AND FELL ON THE BEACHES
PIPER WILLIAM "BILL" MILLIN
MEMORIAL ERECTED BY THE GENEROSITY OF THOSE WHO REMEMBER
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