D-Day Commemoration

Today was the 65th anniversary of D-Day; the day the Allies began the invasion to take back Normandy in Northern France. This was the last anniversary that veterans will attend at many national war memorials around the world due to the dwindling number of veterans that remain. Participation in these political rituals by those who the ritual was ‘instigated’ for is ceasing because of the difficulties the veterans have in attending such services now, being that they are all in their 80’s and 90’s. In the news tonight however, like ANZAC day services there still appeared to be a substantial number of younger people at the national war memorial where the memorial service took place. The military and the veterans all turned out wearing their medals and recalling past memories much as they do on ANZAC day. Red roses were placed on the Tomb of the Unknown warrior and speeches were made. However, worldwide this commemorative ritual will be changed from this year onwards as the presence of veterans at the services will reduce dramatically as they no longer take on an official role in the service.

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~ by jackie213 on June 7, 2009.

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