Complacency did not lead to cancellation of D-Day event

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To the Editor,

It’s good to see that another group saw to the organizing of the June 6 D-Day ceremony this year. This new blood would have been greatly appreciated over the past few years when the ranks of the North Novies Memory Club began to thin at an alarming rate.

Nonetheless, I should like to assure Capt. Darragh that no element of “complacency” led to the cancelling of the ceremony by the Memory Club; there simply were not enough people left who were fit to provide the logistics involved.

Capt. Darragh may believe “the veterans will always be around,” but not many were around when the decision had to be taken to cancel the event.

We hope they will continue to be around for future ceremonies, since our ranks will continue to thin, and those of us remaining are eager to “pass the torch” to those reinforcements coming up with the rations, so to speak.

I should add that it had been publicly announced that a small group of us intended to lay a wreath at the appropriate time on June 6.


John G. McKay, Amherst 

Organizations: North Novies Memory Club

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