6 June, 2013 (late afternoon)
69 years ago today it was D-Day, and thousands of British, American and Canadian servicemen embarked on Operation ‘Neptune’; the Normandy landings started early in the morning as part of ‘Overlord’ the larger Allied Invasion of Europe to free it of the Nazi invasion. World War II had been raging for five years and would continue for another year or so. Today I’ve had a day off work and have been reading and reflecting on this and the sacrifice and bravery of so many servicemen, women and civilians, young and old, who gave so much so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today.
I have written a poem on my poetry blog inspired by this fact. Sadly there is still so much war and strife in the world, one can only hope and, as John Lennon said, ‘Imagine’) that one day the world can indeed live in peace and harmony.