Today, 6 June 2014, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On 6 June 1944 Allied Forces landed on the beaches in Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war. Between 2,500 and 4,000 Allied troops are thought to have died the next day. As many as 9,000 Germans are also estimated to have lost their lives when around 156,000 troops, mainly from Britain, the US and Canada landed on Normandy’s beaches.
The commemoration of that day has been on television (BBC1) and I have watched it on and off during the day and been very moved. Then, when outside in the garden, I was struck by the beauty of the Peace Rose that is in full bloom today, it seemed a fitting way to remember.
Whilst I will never be a Cecil B DeMille, please take into account this is my first attempt at making a little movie but it is my tribute to remembering those who fought for us then and those who fight for us today.
The background music I chose is Bach’s St Matthew Passion BWV 244 ‘Oh Sacred Head Surrounded’. One if my favourite pieces of music.