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Topic: 70 years ago!
Posted By: Zed
Subject: 70 years ago!
Date Posted: June 06 2014 at 4:23am
Spare a thought for the guys who gave their all in Normandy 70 years ago today. 
Remember their sacrifice and their courage.

Heard a nice story on the BBC news tonight: A 89 year old veteran was reported missing by his nursing home. He phoned later in the day from Normandy! Joined his mates for the trip without telling anyone in case they tried to stop him going. Excellent!!


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 06 2014 at 4:33am
Link to story here:
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/25713153/missing-uk-veteran-found-at-d-day-events-in-france" rel="nofollow - http://www.newschannel5.com/story/25713153/missing-uk-veteran-found-at-d-day-events-in-france

There were also a couple of 90+ year olds who dropped in by tandem chute jump!Star


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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: June 06 2014 at 6:28am
I thank God for them all.




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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: June 06 2014 at 8:43am
the memorials of this event always move me - so fitting , even BO seemed to say the right things , 

as my father was in the pacific it also reminds me of what might have been had we invaded japan to end the war , im thankful for the manhatan project for taking that off the table , 


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: June 06 2014 at 11:26am
Between D-Day & D+3, an awful lot of men paid the price.
As time passes, the urgency & signifigance with later generations will fade. There wont be anyone that was there, to tell them.
You don't get the "feel" from a movie, like you do from a vet.
Hoadie


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Posted By: White Rhino
Date Posted: June 07 2014 at 9:16am
Originally posted by A square 10 A square 10 wrote:

the memorials of this event always move me - so fitting , even BO seemed to say the right things , 

as my father was in the pacific it also reminds me of what might have been had we invaded japan to end the war , im thankful for the manhatan project for taking that off the table , 


My Father was in the Pacific also ... He ended up going all the way Island to Island and then to the occupation.... His most prized war trophy was a bar of soap. Given to him during the occupation by an old man who was hungry and would not take the rations my Father tried to give to him unless he traded something for them. and all he had was a bar of soap.
I can not tell this in a way that you would feel it , as my Father could tell you!!  the Rifles and swords he brought back did not get the protection that the bar of soap did!!! Probably because of the way each one was taken.

One of the Officers he looked up to and thought so much of is how I got my first name! He was so proud that I named my first Son after me!!!!


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"White Rhino"

"Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer." --W. C. Fields


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: June 07 2014 at 10:16am
That is a very touching memorial to your Dad! God bless you all!

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