Friday, 6 June 2014


 6 June 2014 D-Day

Today we commemorate the fact that 70 years ago the American and  British troops invaded Normandy in France. It was the beginning of the end of WW II.  Anne Franck was still alive and wrote about D-Day in her diary. She wrote on Tuesday, 6 June 1944:

 Dearest Kitty,
"This is D-day" the English radio said  rightly," this is THE day", the invasion has begun!
This morning at eight o'clock the English reported: heavy bombardments of Calais, Boulonge, Le Havre and Cherbourg.."


 The Dutch in Indonesia were still in concentrations camps, which lasted for another year. The Netherlands and more countries were still occupied by the Nazis, but there was hope that the war was going to end. Still many people had to die before it  was really over.

The leader of the American troops: Dwight Eisenhower

Wounded Americans
Today Veterans, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens and Presidents of the USA and many European countries, were present in honour of this event.
Let's hope that there will never be a world war again.

The European Anthem By Ludwig van Beethoven 


Sylvia K said...

Wonderful post for the day, Wil! I was quite young when the war began, but I remember everything that happened as though it were yesterday! Have a lovely weekend!

RuneE said...

An important day indeed. I share your hope, but when I look around, I'm not as optimistic as I ought to be. In the end it is all up to us.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I remember it Wil - I was twelve years old.

Miss_Yves said...

Merci pour le souvenir
J'ai l'un adolescente , le journal d'Anne Frank , curieusement, je ne me rappelle plus ce qui concerne le jour J ...
Vu à la télévision en direct toute la journée les cérémonies en Normandie : c'était très beau, très émouvant

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lovely tribute to all of our brave service people who literally saved the world.

Miss_Yves said...

Merci pour vos commentaires.
Très belle bannière!
Voici le spectacle des commémorations à Ouistreham

Marja said...

Important to have these commemorations. Sad to see how young some of these soldiers were. We commemorate ANZA day as you might know

Hildred said...

On the D-Day anniversary I watched the commemoration from Juno Beach where the Canadian landed, took the beach under horrific fire, and reached their first day objective by evening. Charles and Camilla were there to honour these brave Canadians who along with the British and Americans made a great contribution and lost 359 men that first day. They are buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Benny sur Mer, and along the way a bit is another Canadian War Cemetery where over 3000 veterans lie buried, among them one of Charles' brothers who was lost at Falaise.

Kay said...

This is so interesting, Wil. I didn't know Anne Franck was alive when D Day happened. It's so very sad that she did not survive the war.

Roger Owen Green said...

This anniversary was particularly moving.