D-Day and Memories of War – and Peace

June 9, 2014,
Claire Montanaro

th birthday on Saturday, and, of course, I was with her along with other family members and friends to celebrate the event. She is a little frail but as clear mentally as when she was 20, and it is extraordinary to think that on her birthday 70 years ago, when she became 20, she was living through D-Day and its aftermath. Hearing her talk about what she was doing during D-Day, in the Kent family home where she, and I were born and grew up, about her brothers, one of whom was a prisoner of war and the other who performed great acts of bravery, about my father who was in the special forces and involved but in secrecy, about the fears and the joys, the hope and the disappointment, the rationing and the humour, the grief and the courage, brought home vividly the experience of living through the world war in England. Very few people are alive and well enough to remember how it was, and it was a privilege to hear how it was, from her. [caption id="attachment_2601" align="alignright" width="250"]Wartime Ration Book supplies Wartime Ration Book Supplies[/caption] Her memories and the wider commemorations over this D-Day weekend remind us of the folly of war. My mother’s community came together for her in harmony, and representatives of the global community that had been involved in the war as allies or enemies, gathered in friendship and reconciliation, with respect for every man and woman who had died fighting for the cause of their country. Some commentators have said that the unity of Europe and the western world means war can never occur again between neighbouring countries like France, Germany, Russia and Britain, and their partners, but this is not so. We have seen how events in “civilised” states like Syria or Ukraine can become destabilised very quickly, and any crisis regarding, for example, food or water supply, or energy supply, could cause one country to turn on another aggressively in order to protect its national interest. Let us pray that the memory of past wars and their terrible example lingers beyond this past weekend when D-Day was so prominent in our thoughts, so that future war is avoided at all costs. There is a better way than force, always, and perhaps one day we will celebrate and remember peace not combat, life and not bloodshed. We have so much to commemorate that is joyful, but so often we forget this is so.   [byline]    ]]>

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One comment on “D-Day and Memories of War – and Peace”

  1. In the meantime, Claire, it is quite wise and important to remember PM Sir Winston Spencer Churchill's utterances as the Battle of Britain waned, words to the effect that so few people (the RAF pilots in their Spitfires) did so much with so little for so many. Sometimes, one has to defer to one of the greatest orators in the English language of all time, eh?

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