The moving commemorative events held this week on the 75th anniversary of D-Day … were only the start of the end ...
|50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day 1995:|
Lancaster Bomber dropping poppies in front
of Buckingham Palace
... it was another 11 months before Victory in Europe could be formally acknowledged, when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered its armed forces.
One hundred years ago today my father was born, twenty-five years later he was on shores of France … he fought for Britain, the free world, his life and for others to live … he was awarded the Military Cross …
… like many, my parents, did not talk about their Army experiences, but certainly their lives were affected, then they lived on with their families … until their time came.
|Painted in the middle of the|
Second World War
Navy, Air Force, Army personnel
depicted, but we must remember
all the others behind the scenes
I’m sure my family would endorse all elements of the 2019 D-Day Proclamation that ceremonially commits its 16 signatories:
“To work constructively as friends and allies to find common ground” even where their opinions differ and “to work together to resolve international tensions peacefully.”
The Proclamation was signed by:
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the USA.
… and states:
"Over the last 75 years, our nations have stood up for peace in Europe and globally, for democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
We re-commit today to those shared values because they support the stability and prosperity of our nations and our people.
We will work together as allies and friends to defend these freedoms whenever they are threatened."
|Allied Invasion Force on D-Day 1944|
I, on my own behalf, and everyone who reads this blog would encourage us all to be humble, remember what they were willing to give – we have to preserve this brave and courageous generation’s legacy of Peace and Freedom.
Let Us Not Forget ...
My detailed post (in the A-Z format) on the 70th anniversary in 2014 can be found here ...
I'd like to add a note to this post: One thing I've learnt is - we need to understand history, the different peoples of this world, their culture and customs etc - before we go expecting others to be like us ...
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