FRENCH President Francois Hollande described June 6, 1944, as ‘a day that changed the world’ – and yesterday, at the National Memorial Arboretum, scores of people fell silent to prove the world will never forget D-day.
Hundreds of people gathered to hear Reverend Dick Sargeant offer words of comfort to officials, dignitaries and relatives of the thousands who lost their lives 70 years ago when the Allied troops arrived on French soil in the Second World War.
To honour and respect D-day, a beautiful 29ft long memorial has replaced the older one.
One solider proudly placed a ring of poppies upon the monument as the public watched and stood in silence.
After that, more people began to add more poppies and flowers to show true respect, which added more emotion towards the atmosphere as families stayed close and remembered the extremely brave soldiers who had lost their lives fighting for their county.
Soldiers who currently serve in the Army now also came and showed respect to the Normandy War Veterans, as they, too, wore their uniforms and showed many of their medals which they had clearly deserved after serving our country many years ago.
Children watched in silence, they understood the importance of the day and it will forever be a memorable one.