Today is the 70th anniversary of the greatest seaborne invasion the world has ever known. It is a time when we need to remember the bravery and courage of the troops who stepped out of those landing crafts onto the occupied beaches of Normandy. They faced withering fire from the entrenched German gun emplacements, the mines and traps as they raced for the cover of the overhanging cliffs. I can’t imagine the fear, the courage or the sheer determination to make the invasion a success. But they did, and because of their efforts today we enjoy freedom from the spectre of Nazi oppression. I watched the televised ceremonies yesterday filmed at Beny-Sur-Mer, it was a very moving experience, it was well organized and carried out. If there was one blight on the ceremony it was when Julian Fantino spoke. His record as Minister of Veteran Affairs has been to say the least, despicable. I’m sure many veterans feel as I do, such a man should not be Canada’s representative on such an important occasion.
On a lighter note but still within the theme of D Day, does anyone remember the Film -The Longest Day- I saw it in Belfast in 1961, I dated a pretty girl who lived on my street, it was to be my first and last date with her. Why!!! after the movie was over she asked, what war was that. That my friends is the reason we are asked to remember.
We Shall Remember Them
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