People are celebrating the heroics of the D-Day landings today which I am sure you must know all about. However, there is one thing that I am a bit unsure about and I was wondering if anybody felt the same way.
Surely the use of fireworks is a bit counter-intuitive to the memory of the war? The ceremony in which leaders of nations attended included a reenactment of the D-Day landings with. This feels a bit odd as it was a day in which these brave men fought and over 13,000 allied troops were killed, yet the weapons of war that killed them are being glorified. Granted, fireworks are not actual artillery but just look at the picture below.
The sky looks like it is filled with hundreds of missiles and shells and it is rather frightening. An amazing scene for sure but I am just wondering, how many of the Veterans actually want to see a reenactment of the landings? The people who were not there cannot possibly fathom how that day was and a reenactment void of the terror of going against the enemy seems to belittle the nature of that day. A celebration of the day I think, should be done in a more peaceful way in order to honour those who fell.
Today, you have on one side people giving solemn speeches and on the other, roaring cannons and gunpowder. Quite an odd juxtaposition if you just stop and think about it.
A Worried Student