06 June 2009

65th Anniversay Observances of Normandy Landings

This weekend President Obama will join French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day in France.  There's been some scuttlebutt in the press because of the failure to invite Queen Elizabeth II. She, after all, is the only head of state who actually served in uniform during the war. Sarkozy denied that the Queen had been deliberately snubbed, and Brown said it never occurred to him to invite her.  It was announced yesterday that Prince Charles will attend the ceremonies.  Queen Elizabeth served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the War.   

I'm hoping to catch some of the coverage on television.  Assuming there will be coverage.  I haven't seen very much this week.  I remember Bill Clinton, in what must have been the 50th Anniversary, giving a speech in which he said (and I'm paraphrasing and hoping I'm remembering this correctly) that we should never forget that when the veterans of the War were young, they literally saved the world.