On 5 June 2009, the 65th anniversary of D-Day was celebrated. Many British veterans have taken part in the memorial events which were held in France last Saturday. Prime minister Gordon Brown and Prince Charles attended the memorial ceremony. They were accompanied by the French president and the president of the United States. During the festivities, the arrival of the parachutists was replicated. Some of the original parachutists who landed in France in 1944, were now the eyewitnesses of the replication of the mass-drop.
Personal reaction to this topic:
I think it is wonderful to see that D-Day is an event which is still celebrated today. The fact that there are British veterans who are taking part in de celebrations I find very touching. We must never forget what the veterans have done for the countries that were victimised by World War II.
I happen to have met veterans from Canada three years ago, who were taking part in celebrating events in Groningen. After having spoken to some of them, I realised how grateful we should be that they have risked their lives for us. If it had not been for the veterans we would probably be living in a country named Germany now.