Pause for thought.
This morning 70 years ago, June 6th 1944 saw the greatest armada in history launch the allied invasion of Normandy France and the beginning of the end of the Nazi occupation of Europe.
A staggering 156,000 British, American and Canadian troops landed and fought up those famous beaches; Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword today whilst wave after wave of gliders and parachute troops landed miles inland to capture and secure vital bridgeheads, villages and towns.
Thousands upon thousands were killed or injured, many trapped in landing craft obliterated by withering enemy fire. Yet, as we know, we triumphed and in the weeks and months which followed, France was liberated and the Nazis beaten into a bloody surrender.
Today under a blue cloudless sky we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we honour them.