Veteran of the Normandy invasion, Jim Radford sings his own composition in remembrance of his crew mates and the thousands more who died on D-Day.
I remember it well - though I was thousands of miles away, I saw the newsreels, I read about it in the newspapers, I felt the excitement, the feeling that this was the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.
A few survivors of D-Day are still alive to celebrate their victory in that momentous battle.
Quote from the US Navy briefing for D-Day:
To: ALL HANDS
Every man in every ship has his job. And these tens of thousands of men and jobs add up to one task only — to land and support and supply and reinforce the finest army ever sent to battle by the United States. In that task we shall not fail. I await with confidence the further proof, in this the greatest battle of them all, that American sailors are seamen and fighting men second to none.
See the full briefing here:
The tragedy of those who died in all our wars is overwhelming - there were too many.
Their bravery can never really be honored enough.