D-Day Watch

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I am not sure how what other memberes will put in this thread but I think it is important that we remeber the important contribution made 60 years ago on this weekend that ensures our freedom today. So this thread is a dedications to all the people who lost their lives fighting on the beaches of UTAH, OMAHA GOLD, JUNO and SWORD.
If you would like more information you can go to the following websites:

http://www.dday.org/
http://www.ddaymuseum.org/
http://www.isidore-of-seville.com/d-day/

and to any mods out there, sticking it for the weekend would be greatly apprecaiated
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With all my respect......
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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.
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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.
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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.
I am sure the Russians must remeber events like Stalingrad, and suspect that the Cold War is one of the major reasons that we don't.
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(Original post by Speciez99)
I think it is important that we remeber the important contribution made 60 years ago on this weekend that ensures our freedom today.
Yeah, my respects also. Neither of my grandparents fought in WW2 as far as i know, they both died before i was born so i actually know nothing about them except some pretty bad stuff about one which i won't go into! My grandmum was in Jersey at the time though and was nearly starving until this happened and the war could be ended, so i'm sure she's very grateful at the moment as well as us!
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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.
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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.
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I don't know what to write as I don't think there are words to sum it up.
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I don't know what to write as I don't think there are words to sum it up.
I have the same feeling.

I would like to show my greatful thanks and appreciation to all those who put their lives on the line for us.
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And also to those who were fighting elsewhere, we are just as indebted
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respect to all
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(Original post by Fluffy)
I don't know what to write as I don't think there are words to sum it up.
I think some of my friends are going to the American Cemetary just outside Cambridge on Sunday, just to be there, and think about all that they went through. There's not much more that we could do, and it would be very fitting, I think.
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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?
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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?
"Poppy Day" is Remembrance Sunday - the closest Sunday to 11th November, when World War I officially ended, but it is now used as an occasion to commemmorate all war dead.

D-Day was the code name for the Allied invasion of Normandy, which happened on June 6th 1944 - really, the beginning of the end of the war. Not normally commemmorated every year, but this is the 60th anniversary, so there will be more going on. I remember the 50th anniversary - I was in year 5!

V-Day (actually VE day or VJ day) was the day that World War II ended, VE being in Europe (sometime in May, can't remember exactly) and VJ being in Japan (in August). Again, these aren't usually observed.
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(Original post by wanderer)
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.
That's because we're British... Stalingrad, Leningrad, et al are celebrated in Russia; Russians don't really celebrate D-Day.
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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
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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.
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Let's <<SAVING THE PRIVATE RYAN>> :cool:
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(Original post by 旗人天相)
Let's <<SAVING THE PRIVATE RYAN>> :cool:
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