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65th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

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Re: 65th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

Post by Marnie on Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:10 am



Click this---> Obama Praises Britain

US President Barack Obama has praised the British Blitz spirit as
thousands of veterans, servicemen and their families gathered in
Normandy to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

He joined
beleaguered Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Prince of Wales and French
leader Nicolas Sarkozy at the American Cemetery above Omaha beach in
Colleville-sur-Mer.

"This is the story of the Allied victory,"
said Mr Obama. "It is the legend of units like Easy Company and the
All-American 82nd. It is the tale of the British people, whose courage
during the Blitz forced Hitler to call off the invasion of England.

"The
Canadians, who came even though they were never attacked. The Russians,
who sustained some of the war's heaviest casualties on the Eastern
front and all those French men and women who would rather have died
resisting tyranny than lived within its grasp."

The service,
set amidst the graves of 9,387 US servicemen, was one of scores taking
place in the region to mark D-Day - June 6, 1944 and the Normandy
campaign which followed.

Mr Brown took time out from political troubles at home as he joined Charles at a remembrance service in Bayeux Cathedral.And later as he sat between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Prince at the arc memorial in Colleville.
Mr
Brown spoke of the WWII legacy and of trouble in Darfur, Burma and
Zimbabwe. "How can we say we have achieved all that we set out to do,"
he said. "The promise of peace and justice ... There are dreams of
liberation still to be realised, commitments still to be redeemed. We
must be liberators for our generation."

At Bayeux Cemetery,
hundreds of Normandy veterans were applauded as they took part in a
parade and service amongst the graves of fallen British soldiers.

Prince
Charles met veterans and cadets who cheered and clapped him as he
walked around the cemetery. Many said they were thrilled he had
attended after the French authorities failed to invite the Queen.

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THERE'LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:01 pm





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How It All Began-Assault On Pegasus Bridge

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:36 pm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_Bridge



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D Day Dodgers

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:41 pm

It was widely
believed that Lady
Astor, MP, had referred to troops in Itaiy as 'D-Day
dodgers' because they missed the 1944 landings in
Normandy. In fact, these men had seen some of the
ugliest fighting in the war. This song - a riposte from the
front - became a forces' favourite. The original appears
to have been written by Lance-Sergeant Harry Pynn of
the Tank Rescue Section, 19 Army Fire Brigade, but the
lyrics underwent many variations. This version was
collected by Denis Healey when a sapper with the 8th
Army in Italy.



We're the D-Day Dodgers, way off in Italy
Always on the vino, always on the spree;
Eighth Army scroungers and their tanks,
We live in Rome, among the Yanks.
We are the D-Day Dodgers, way out in Italy;(2X)
We landed in Salerno, a holiday with pay,
The Jerries brought the bands out to greet us on the way.
Showed us the sights and gave us tea,
We all sang songs, the beer was free
To welcome D-Day Dodgers to sunny Italy.
Naples and Casino were taken in our stride,
We didn't go to fight there, we went just for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro were just names,
We only went to look for dames
The artful D-Day Dodgers, way out in Italy.
Dear Lady Astor, you think you're mighty hot,
Standing on the platform, talking tommyrot.
You're England's sweetheart and her pride
We think your mouth's too bleeding wide.
We are the D-Day Dodgers, in sunny Italy.
Look around the mountains, in the mud and rain,
You'll find the scattered crosses, some that have no name.
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone,
The boys beneath them slumber on.
They are the D-Day Dodgers who stay in Italy.


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There'll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:34 pm

Therell be bluebirds over The white cliffs of Dover
Dame Vera Lynn

Therell be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see
I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in their eyes
And though I'm far away
I still can hear them say
Bombs up...
But when the dawn comes up
Therell be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see
Therell be love and laughter
And peace ever after
Tomorrow
When the world is free
The shepherd will tend his sheep
The valley will bloom again
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again
Therell be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see
Therell be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see...



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A Tribute To The Home Guard....

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:03 pm

Who
Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler


If You Think We're On The Run?


We Are The Boys Who Will Stop Your Little Game


We Are The Boys Who Will Make You Think Again


'Cause Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler


If You Think Old England's Done?


Mr Brown Goes Off To Town

On The Eight Twenty-One


But He Comes Home Each Evening


And He's Ready With His Gun




So Watch Out Mr Hitler


You Have Met Your Match In Us


If You Think You Can Crush Us


We're Afraid You've Missed The Bus


'Cause Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler


If You Think Old England's Done?




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65th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

Post by Marnie on Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:47 pm

Heroes, allies.....We owe them a massive debt....



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-Day


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