D- DAY- 65 Years- Respect

June 2, 2009 at 10:20 am 5 comments


By Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com


This afternoon turned out to be beautiful – an afternoon to sit and enjoy the garden , the spawning fish- the birds calling in for a “splash about” in the waterfall. A pause to refresh and replenish .

It was the first day in months that I had to myself – I didn’t HAVE to do anything but enjoy. I made the mistake of catching the noon news- another controversy with those “French” and leaving the Queen out of D- Day services
UPDATE NOTE: The Wondering Brit has a post up today as well with further background.
“There is talk about anger regarding the upcoming 65th Anniversary of D-Day, more over that no one thought to invite HM Queen Elizabeth to the party, the only living head of state that actually wore a uniform and worked for the war effort.”

40-War%20Graves%20British%20Cemetery Just one British Cemetery
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In Britain, commentators have suggested that Mr. Sarkozy did not want to share the telegenic moment when he hosts Mr. Obama.

This was all the more so, the British commentators have said, because the queen’s presence might risk turning the occasion into a celebration of the Anglo-American alliance, whose troops carried out the landings, losing about 37,000 men in the battle for Normandy


I was not alive in 1944 – but the Queen has been THE “Queen ” all of my life”. and as The Wondering Brit pointed out on another blog

HRH is the head of state of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, where she is represented by Governors-General.

Further these countries, she is also the head of the Commonwealth with include; Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji Islands, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada,Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho,Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea ,Samoa,Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

She still carries significant power which she used a little of last year by suspending the Canadian Government. Indeed, she can sack any of her governments and brings all her nations to war if she so desires.

Even in the UK, where many may sometimes become vocal in questioning her role, they will still all come together in her protection and because in essence, she signifies what we went to war for, she represents the true essence of democracy and even the basis of the American way of life.

Simply there is always something greater than yourself to believe in and fight for; your flag, head of state or simply the freedom that is our way of life.

What I’m saying is, we all have that rally point, that thing that drives us from within, that we don’t have to shout about – for us and the rest of those listed nations, it is HRH Queen Elizabeth II

It seems President Obama agrees

As for me if I never see another French beach , town or train again I will die happy but this isn’t about the French; it is about respect for those men that hit those beaches and paid dearly and NOT the one upmanship politics of the day.


Entry filed under: AMNT, Brit take, opinion, war and peace.

How to get HERE from there THE WHAT ‘IF’- LPD

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tony hines  |  June 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Well Lorain I can report for once its actually beautiful weather in London in the 80s.

    My suggestion would be to crack open some Pimms, add apples, cucumber, and a splash of mint, topped up with lemonade, have a few, put youe feet up and snore the afternoon away, you deserve it.

    Sorry I cant join in I am on the wagon this month hahaha

    Love Tony

  • 2. thatwoman  |  June 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    as long as they aren’t EU apples from France 🙂

  • 3. tony hines  |  June 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    No only coxs of course

  • 4. thatwoman  |  June 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Oh the gall of the Gauls

  • 5. D- DAY 2009 – REMEMBERING « That Woman’s Weblog  |  June 6, 2009 at 12:07 am

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