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Grateful to D-Day vets

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Re: Lest we forget (Letters, June 6). I watched the D-Day ceremonies on TV on June 6 and found them very moving.

I would like to share my memory, as an 11-year-old, on that day in 1944. My home was just north of the city of York, England and there were many RAF stations in the area.

The night of June 5, my mother said, "Listen -- listen to the planes." We went outside and planes were passing overhead in droves. Even now I can remember the sound.

My grandfather said, "This is something big" -- you bet it was. The next day we heard the news of the D-Day landings, or "the second front," as we called it then.

Our gratitude to all those who took part that day should last forever.

MARGARET TAYLOR

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 7, 2014 A16

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