Monday, 6 June 2011

D-Day

Monday, 6 June 2011 11:42 am
rosiedoes: (Mood: Remember)
Today marks sixty-seven years since D-Day.

There are some amazing photos here which may serve to remind us of the enormous bravery and sacrifice exhibited by thousands and thousands of men as they invaded and liberated occupied Europe.

From my office window, I can make out a sliver of the English Channel beyond the houses. It blows my mind to think that still out there are the remains of boats, planes, weapons and more importantly the soldiers who sought to free our world from the Nazis. They paid the ultimate price, not only to defend our island or to avenge attacks on their own lands, but to put an end to the genocide and tyrrany which was choking Europe and would ultimately, if unchallenged, have choked much of the world as we know it.

Those men achieved incredible things, gave of themselves beyond anything we could have had a right to expect, and it is down to them - and to their female counterparts in their many, varied roles - that we are here today.

Never let us forget this.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. – Winston Churchill; speech in the House of Commons, 4 June 1940.

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