D-Day Anniversary, the Day the World Changed!
by Elizabeth Menon

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D-Day Anniversary, the Day the World Changed!

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the day that the World changed, a very poignant and emotional day! The British, US and the Canadian Forces invaded the coast of Northern France in Normandy occupied by the Germans, on 6 June 1944, as the first stage of 'Operation Overlord' with the intention of ending World War Two. The Allies had established a strong foothold in France by the end of the D-Day and within 11 months the Nazi Germany was defeated! Around 4413 Allied troops died on this day, according to the Portsmouth's D-Day Museum. The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 'Operation Overlord' during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

The Commemoration Ceremony at the Sword Beach in Normandy in France, one of the five landing sites for the Allies, is being held today attended by 20 world leaders including the Queen, President Obama, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, and around 2000 veterans. The Queen in her speech thanked the veterans who changed the world on the D-Day and paid tribute to the veterans. The Queen had laid a wreath at the Bayeux cemetery earlier in the day and talked to the veterans. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met the veterans and had lunch with them. The ceremony was also attended by Prince William of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge, among many dignitaries. Prince William laid the first wreath during the function and in his speech, he said that it is only right that we honour the veterans and their families.

If it wasn't for the veterans who gave up their lives during World War Two, the world would have been a different one today and it is only just that we say 'Thank You' to all those who lost their lives, the few who are still with us, most of them in their 90s, and their families!

A song that is quite poignant for today and the song that always makes me cry as it brings back memories that are live! The song is by Mike and the Mechanics, 'The Living Years': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDA0Hecw1k&feature=kp
I just love this song, melancholic ...yes..., but I love it! And I leave you with Dame Vera Lynn's song, "We will meet again" from 1939, as she sang to the Veterans that says it all, the rainbow of emotions, courage, love, longing and optimism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY (Written and composed by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles)

A big 'Thank you' to all the Veterans of Normandy -- I salute you!

(Your comments would be most welcome!)

© E Menon



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