EDITORIAL: Honour’s guards

Seventy-five years ago this week, D-Day was the world’s largest amphibious invasion. We’ve seen the thousands of war dead memorialized as the bravest men the greatest generation could offer.

And we know that on June 6, 1944 they were young. Some were still in their teens. Many were sick. And they moved forward anyway.

article continues below

Marine tanks sunk. Paratroopers were gunned down. Kids were cut down like wheat — 359 Canadian soldiers died before the day was over. And when the day was over, they kept moving forward.

Germany surrendered the following spring. Today, those who landed on D-Day are old men in their 90s, dwindling in number. But many stood again on the beaches of France this week remembering and being honoured for their sacrifice.

They are people like Harry Greenwood of West Vancouver and Norman Kirby of Lions Bay, who were among the Allies who served at D-Day.

The Canadians who landed on Juno Beach that day were all volunteers. They were scared, but they had a job to do. Those soldiers defeated the Nazis.

When Kirby returned home he was 19 — not yet able to vote or have a drink in a bar.

Most veterans, in the years following, spoke little about what they’d encountered.

But theirs was a resilient generation. They came back from the horrors of war and built a country.

Their example still has much to teach us about duty and standing up for what is right. This week, we say thank you for a job well done.

What are your thoughts? Send us a letter via email by clicking here or post a comment below.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Down the drain POLL

Should Metro Van charge steeper rates for homeowners who use the most water?

or  view results

Popular News

Community Events Calendar