Letter: D-Day: forget the PR, remember those who died

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Sir: Alison Veness is partly right: who wants war apart from emperors and politicians? She is right, too, about the lack of care after the event - as the son of a father killed in the Second World War, I can assure her of that. My mother's special category as a 'war widow' dignified her status but not her pocket.

But Ms Veness is grieviously wrong. Remembering events that killed millions is not a triumph. Nobody is trying to 'crank themselves up'. It is not about victory, but about tragic loss. It was, incidentally, a necessity to stop Hitler and the rest. Alison, don't despise the people who died for us. Give them just a minute's thought.

Yours alive and well,


West Bridgford,


3 June