June 6. 75 years since D Day

June 6. 75 years since D Day

P1060453_HDRMy beautiful Byron,

Today is a special day. It is the 75th anniversary of the D Day landing. When we (The Allies, Britain, South Africa, America, Greece and lots more) finally struck back at Hitler in a final battle that ended WW2 when Hitler married Eva Braun in a bunker in Berlin, before shooting her in the head a day later. That was his last act of WW2 before killing himself. And the war was over.

Did you know, Bushy park, where we walked and played for so many years, was where the American commander, Eisenhower, made plans for the D Day landing in Normandy. The year was 1944. The day was 6 June. The Germans were finally being beaten after failing in Russia. And some 2 million soldiers gathered to recapture Europe from Hitler and his army. On this day 75 years ago, the invasion began in Normandy. It is a huge memory for me and for many people who were involved in the war as I was, because my dad fought in the British Army against Hitler.

Do you know, when you were 6 months old, I took you to Normandy, for a four day visit to the famous locations fromt he Normandy landings. You have walked on those very beaches, Omaha, Juno and so on. And you have been inside the bunkers at Pointe du Hoc. And the amazing American cemetery above Omaha Beach. I will dig out the photos sometime. I carried you round in a capoose in front of me. It was so cool.

I love learning the lessons from that war. I wrote a little blog yesterday about it. Might be interesting for you if, like me, you have an affection for History, and more importantly, an accurate and informed version of History.

This week I had a visit from my brother in law, John Souglides, who I hope you remember? You have known him all your life. He was going to be a IMG_4061witness in the court case in April 2015, when I hoped to have you come and live with me in California. But the judge, a switch judge, not even supposed to be the judge that day, decided that she was not going to allow any witnesses, because, of course, she didn’t like what the witnesses had to say. They all wanted you to be with me. But the Judge, Michele O’Leary, said. No witnesses. And that was that. Can you imagine a legal system where that kind of behavior goes unpunished? Only British family-law.

John is well since you last saw him. His wife, Chryss, died very sadly. (I attended the funeral in Milos Island.) His lovely daughter Poppy is in her final year of school. I have some beautiful photos of you with her, from about 6 years ago. I will dig them out

We had a great time for two days in California. he left yesterday. Here we are having Gelato. Chocolate and vanilla. Mmmm Mmmmmm.

Yaya is doing well. She has had a big recovery after her fall last year and I am super pleased to see her progress.

I emailed your brother last week. He is well. I am hoping he will come visit me in America soon. He is always so business doing brain doctor stuff.

bbT0013andbabyjohnHere’s a picture of me with John taken in Bushy park. In 1990.  Right where the American buildings stood when they were planning D Day.
You also spent many years on those same fields with me. This picture is twenty years before you were in that same place with me. Kind of cool I think. The photographer is Johns mum, Catherine, who you met. (In Bath for Johns 25th.) I have a picture of me with you in that exact same location in Bushy Park. 20 years later. 2010.

Hoping you are well. And reading good books.

Miss you,
Love you,
Daddy

 

 

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Page Links in chronological order
The first of the LETTERS TO BYRON:  The PILOT
2nd GRAHAM COY
3rd:  TOM AMLOT
4th:  Thanksgiving day
5th: Michele O’LEARY. The switch Judge
6th : Raining in California
7th: Music
8th: DecemberRain
9th: Brexit and Greek war
10th: Winnie the Poo
11th: December kayaking
12th: Family law and Mark Zetin
13th: Xmas day 2018
14th: Maria and Anna
15th: New years eve 2018
16th: Your first smile
17th: Your Uncle GEORGE
18th: The Mighty PACIFIC
19th: WEBSTER and Summer HOLIDAY 2019
20th: Breach of Privacy offense
21st: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
22nd: Philotimia
23rd: A short note
24th: MUSIC and KINDNESS
25th: Robin Hood
26th: SRA ethical code
27th: NINE YEARS LATER
28th: Valentines day
29th: EVZONES
30th: Rushing
31st: Quick Note
32nd: Johannesburg 2019
33rd: Still in Johannesburg
34th: More Johannesburg
35th: Last Johannesburg for now
36th: Traveling. Upgrade
37th: Spring
38th: Whales
39th: MEXICO
40th: CABO ST LUCAS
41st: 1 April. Wallace’s Birthday
42nd: SANTA BARBARA
43rd: Short letter
44th: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
45th: KIRA visits
46th: Goodbye uncle Lazaros
47th: Easter Monday
48th: OJAI Tennis
49th: Short letter
50th: PARENTAL ALIENATION FACTS
51st: Cartagena memory
52nd: NEW RECORD
53rd: Last letter to 9 yo
54th: First letter to 10 yo
55th: D Day – 75 years
56th: LA QUINTA
57th: MASON GRADUATES
58th: DESIDERATA
59th: EARTHQUAKE
60th:  Chris and Golf
61st: Chris visits Byron in London
62nd: SUMMERTIME
63rd: PHYLLIS’ LETTER TO BYRON
64th: GUN CRAZY AMERICANS
65th: MISS YOU
66th: SCRUFFY
67th: Mason leaves for college
68th: ART
69th: Day after 911
70th: PAPOU. CALLING CHRIS
71st: Two Women
72nd: ANOTHER YEAR
73rd: PLANNING CALIFORNIA VISIT 2019
74th: KAYAKING WITH DOLPHINS
75th: M and M
76th: HALLOWEEN 2019

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