D-Day 70 years on

It has been pretty hard to avoid the fact in the media that today marks 70 years since the Allied invasion if Hitler’s fortress Europe. As the greatest seaborne invasion in history it is indeed something worth celebrating, or perhaps more appropriately commemorating.

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Five years ago I had the privilege of being on Sword Beach near Ouistreham, with a D-Day veteran who had landed 65 years earlier. He had lasted barely five minutes before he was injured and had to be evacuated.

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It was truly amazing to be in the company of one to whose generation we owe so much. I also laid the wreath at the memorial to the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire who landed in the first wave on 6th June 1944.

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I would heartily recommend a visit to Normandy if you get the chance, it’s a very humbling experience and history is everywhere.

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