With all my respect......
my grandad was gonna be in the first wave but was injured and therefore he went in the third. he said he feels extraordinarily lucky, yet sad as most of his friends died.
I think its great we are still showing out respects today.
It is right and necessary to commemorate D-day, but I often feel it is done at the expense of remembering Stalingrad and the Eastern front. We hear a lot (and quite rightly) about the British, Canadian and American heros, but very little about the Russians.
The Russians do, but the cold war should not (although I am sure you're right that it does) prevent us from commemorating their losses, or indeed prevent them from commemorating ours. Approx. 2500 Allied soldiers died on D-day, and approx. 1.3 million Russians died at Stalingrad. It was a world war, and soldiers from many countries, with many ideological differences, fought to defeat fascism. I don't know ... it just gets on my nerves that we seem to glorify the acheivements of our own countries. I suppose its inevitable though.
USA, UK etc wouldn't want us supporting the Russians in WW2 too much because they were communist and USA hates communism. It is stupid but America would probably tell you that the Vietnam war wasn't their fault now, or what's happening now is Iraqs fault. I'm sure people here can look past the cold war and the fact they were communist to pay respect to them though, hopefully.
I don't know what to write as I don't think there are words to sum it up.
And also to those who were fighting elsewhere, we are just as indebted
Is this the one where people get lots of poppies, 'cos I haven't seen many around.
Oh - is there a V-day also? If so, how's that different?
my great-grandad was at Dunkirk however, and he had to escape the beach...so what he did, he stole the jacket and hat off a dead officer, and put them on so he could get onto the boats first, haha but his commander found out, and my great grandad got promoted because of ingenuity heheh
Thank you i think is the most important thing i can say....
I think in a time when many people have forgoten what it is to be british i think this gives some sense of direction, something that we can all be proud of and thankful for.
We take so much for granted alot of which we are able to do so because of those brave man.