The unveiling ceremony commenced with an address of welcome by the Seigneur of Sark, Major Christopher Beaumont (late RE), who is also the President of the Sark Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The unveiling party, who removed a Union Flag draped around the stone, was Mr John Appleyard (half-brother to Major Geoffrey Appleyard who planned and led the raid but who did not survive the war) and Lieutenant Colonel Reg Guille MBE, Chairman of the Sark Branch (late RA & Army Commando).
When the stone had been unveiled John Appleyard, made a moving and emotive speech in reply to the address of the Seigneur. After the speech people were invited to move forward and view the commemorative stone and its plaques, with many photographs being taken. The ceremony was blessed with perfect weather conditions, with Jersey in the distance giving a perfect back-drop to the commemorative stone.
The second event was a Presentation on the raid by Mr Eric Lee, author of the book “Operation Basalt - British Raid on Sark and Hitler’s Commando Order”, at 7pm at Stocks Hotel. The evening commenced with a welcome address from Reg Guille, who also introduced the speaker. After the very interesting talk by Eric, a panel was then formed to take and answer questions – the panel members were Eric Lee, John Appleyard and Mr Chris Oliver (Local Historian from Guernsey). There followed thirty minutes of questions and answers on the raid and the personalities who took part in that raid. The panel was roundly applauded for their efforts.