Friday, 6 June 2014

D-Day 70th Anniversary Remembered

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy.

On this day 156,000 allied Troops stormed the beaches of France, in what has widely become known as the beginning of the end, of the Second World War.

Amongst those, 61,715 British Troops landed on the Gold, Juno and Sword beaches including Airborne Troops.

20 Years ago, the Isle of Bute marked the 50th Anniversary of this important day. A fresh looking and newly reconstructed Guilford Square, was crowded with locals who turned out to mark the occasion.

One man in particular stood out from the crowd, reflections from the medals on his chest caught the eye of many a passer-by. Turning out to remember those who lost their lives on that day 50 years ago, I accompanied my Grandad on this day.

Pictured below in the local paper (The Buteman), marking the occasion in June 1994, My Grandad Neil McLellan.

"Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them!"