75 Years After…
All of them were nonagenarian, like Queen Elizabeth II of Britain herself… the Queen sincerely thanked them all on behalf of Britain, and also of the Free World, on June 6, as around 300 people gathered at Portsmouth, the port city and naval base on England’s south coast, to attend the D-Day Ceremony!
On D-Day (June 6, 1944), the Allied Forces had launched a combined Naval, Air and Land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Code-named ‘Operation Overlord’, the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a dear and dreary campaign to liberate North-West Europe from the German occupation!
At the start of the event, the Queen greeted all the 300 former British soldiers who had arrived at the Normandy coast (France) after crossing the English Channel 75 years ago. The Nazis did not even imagine that the British, American, French and Canadian Forces would launch a joint attack on the Germans on June 6, 1944! Later, the Nazis gradually lost control over France and Europe!
On that day, a number of Naval Vessels had left the Port of Portsmouth for the expedition in Normandy. The Queen and 300 ex-naval officers gathered at the port last week to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May were also present on the occasion. They marked the Day with cultural programmes, while British fighter jets flew past over Portsmouth…
Queen joins world leaders, WWII veterans for 75th D-Day anniversary
While President Trump read out an extract from a D-Day prayer written by then US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his French counterpart recited a letter from a former Resistance fighter to his parents. In the letter, the fighter stated: “I am going to die for my country. I want France to be free and the French to be happy.” For her part, Prime Minister May read out a letter written by a man, called Captain Skinner, to his wife on June 3, 1944. He had written: “There is so much that I would like to be able to tell you. Nearly all of which you’ve heard many, many times but just to say that I mean it even more today. I’m sure that I will be with you again soon and for good.”
Meanwhile, the Queen praised the “wartime generation – my generation” for being resilient, and also paid a rich tribute to the “hundreds of thousands of young soldiers, sailors and airmen” who had taken part in D-Day, stressing: “Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, Thank You!”
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