THE QUEEN’S POIGNANT SPEECH

Daily Express - - 75th D-Day Anniversar­y -

“When I at­tended the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the D-Day landings, some thought it might be the last such event.

“But the war­time gen­er­a­tion - my gen­er­a­tion - is re­silient, and I am de­lighted to be with you in Portsmouth to­day.

“Seventy-five years ago, hun­dreds of thou­sands of young sol­diers, sailors and air­men left these shores in the cause of free­dom.

“In a broad­cast to the na­tion at that time, my Father, King Ge­orge VI, said: ‘...what is de­manded from us all is some­thing more than courage and en­durance; we need a re­vival of spirit, a new un­con­quer­able re­solve...’

“That is ex­actly what those brave men brought to the bat­tle, as the fate of the world de­pended on their suc­cess. “Many of them would never re­turn, and the hero­ism, courage and sac­ri­fice of those who lost their lives will never be for­got­ten.

“It is with hu­mil­ity and plea­sure, on be­half of the en­tire coun­try – in­deed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you.”

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