Chair of Harlow Council pays his respects on D-Day

Communities / Wed 7th Jun 2023 at 07:36am

AS the world commemorates the 79th anniversary of D-Day, Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Andrew Johnson, has paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the courageous members of our armed forces who participated in the historic Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.

D-Day, a pivotal moment in World War II, saw the largest amphibious assault ever conducted. The Allied forces, led by Great Britain, the United States and Canada, undertook a daring operation to liberate Europe from the clutches of dictatorship. Against overwhelming odds, soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, facing relentless gunfire and perilous conditions. Seventy-nine years later, the world continues to remember the heroes who selflessly risked their lives for the greater good. The bravery exhibited by these individuals, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice, will never be forgotten.

Locally we had one brave soul, Cyril Banks, who served at the D-Day landings – Cyril lived in Bishops Stortford and passed away last year.

Councillor Johnson said:

“On this solemn occasion, we pay tribute to the indomitable spirit and unwavering determination that shaped the course of history.

“In this digital age, we have the opportunity to connect with history like never before. Through virtual experiences and online resources, people from all walks of life can engage with the stories and experiences of those who were present on that fateful day and I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this. By sharing their narratives and preserving their legacies, we ensure that the lessons of D-Day are passed down to future generations, fostering a collective commitment to peace, freedom, and justice.

“On this day, we express our gratitude to the surviving veterans of D-Day, whose numbers sadly dwindle with each passing year. Their bravery and resilience serve as an enduring example, reminding us of the price that was paid for the freedoms we enjoy today. We also extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, knowing that their loss continues to be felt.

“As we mark the 79th anniversary of D-Day, let us pledge to remember, honour, and learn from the past. Together, we can ensure that the legacy of those who fought and fell on the beaches of Normandy remains etched in our collective memory, inspiring generations to come.”

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