In 2013 a spectacular two-day event to mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Assault Training Center was held at Woolacombe.
Wartime vehicles and living history groups representing units that attended the ATC for training were on display and the wreath laying ceremony at the ATC memorial was overflown by a Hurricane as a salute.
5th, 6th and 7th June 2015 was another huge event marking the D-Day anniversary starting with an "education day" for local schools who were given talks, a film show and interacted with living history soldiers and 1940's lifestyle representatives.
6th June saw a huge convoy of WWII vehicles drive across the training ranges for a wreath laying ceremony that was overflown by six WWII aircraft in salute. A performance by the Military Wives Choir was followed by a vehicle convoy along the Saunton assault beaches.
The following day was an open display of groups and vehicles culminating in a "beach assault".
Throughout 2015 "Friends of the Assault Training Center" took their roadshow to many shows and events educating visitors in the vital role North Devon played in the success of the American assault upon the beaches of Normandy.
Keeping alive the memory of young American soldiers who trained in this quiet corner of rural Devon is important. Teaching present and future generations just how vital the area was to the success of D-Day is rewarding. Not only through school visits, group talks, a travelling roadshow and guided walks but through practical, visible demonstrations of what happened here.
For more details on any aspect of the Assault Training Centre, information on guided walks, talks or lectures, please contact Richard Bass.
On 3rd & 4th June 2016 a spectacular event was held on Saunton beach - one of the wartime practice areas - to mark the D-Day anniversary. Six wartime aircraft landed on the beach, there were living history group encampments and wartime vehicles.