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Today Durham Freemasons commemorate 80 years since D-Day

As the sun sets on D-Day generation, it’s risen again on Normandy beaches where soldiers fought and died 80 years ago. 

“Today, we gather to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a momentous day in history that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. June 6, 1944, brave soldiers from allied nations stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, embarking on a mission that would forever change the course of history. The coordinated efforts of the Army, Air Force, and Navy were crucial in executing Operation Overlord, showcasing unparalleled courage and determination in the face of immense adversity.

We, the Freemasons of Durham, stand in solemn remembrance of the courage, sacrifice, and unwavering determination displayed by those who participated in this campaign. Their bravery under the most harrowing conditions exemplifies the highest virtues of service and brotherhood—values that we, as Freemasons, hold dear.

As we honour the memory of those who fought and fell, we must also reflect on the lessons their sacrifice imparts to us today. The unity, resilience, and collaboration that defined the D-Day landings are as vital now as they were eighty years ago. It is our duty to ensure that these principles continue to guide us in our endeavours, fostering a world where peace, freedom, and justice prevail.

Let us also pay tribute to the countless individuals who supported the war effort on the home front. Their dedication and hard work were instrumental in securing the success of the operation and ultimately, the victory that followed.

Today, we remember not just the events of that fateful day, but the spirit of camaraderie and the relentless pursuit of a better future that it symbolizes. Let us commit ourselves to living out these ideals in our daily lives, honouring the legacy of the heroes of D-Day through our actions and our service to humanity.

In closing, let us remember those who gave their lives for the freedoms we cherish today. May their memory inspire us to strive for a world of respect, integrity, friendship and service”

Thank you.

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London Transport Old Comrades Association

BRIAN DAVID EVERETT,  MBE, BA, FBIM, FRAeS, MCIPS, MCIT

Brian served with the Royal Air Force over several years, seeing service in many parts of the world. As a senior officer he held several operational and staff appointments. He was appointed an MBE in 1973 for operational services in the Middle East. During his time in the Ministry of Defence he was appointed Escort Officer to the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, and accompanied him on his visits overseas.

He served in the Royal Air Force, leaving on early retirement in 1984 having seen service in Malaya, Africa, Aden, the Gulf, Malta, Cyprus, and Germany. He became a director with Westminster City Council before taking over as Chairman and Chief Executive of the Capital Group. In 1992, he became a director with London Transport and since retirement a non-executive director of several companies, Chairman of NHS Community Health Services in the North and President of British Gymnastics.to develop a second career. initially with the City of Westminster and then as a main Board director with London Regional Transport in 1991.

Since then, he has been the President of the London Transport Old Comrades Association and, as such, has led the contingence in the Whitehall parade for the last 25 years. This year he was one of only 26 participants who represented the many thousands of services and ex-servicemen and women at the Remembrance Day Parade in Whitehall.

The experience, he said, was extraordinary in so many ways; the lack of other participants and of the absence of crowds who normally line the route, made it more poignant. Nevertheless, in remembering those who had given their lives in many conflicts around the world, it was most humbling and an honour to be there on this occasion. During the two minutes silence he thought about the words of John Maxwell Edmonds who, in 1918, published the epitaph, “When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today”.

As in the past 30 years, as President of the London Transport Old Comrades Association, Brian will again be heading the LTOCA contingent during the Whitehall Cenotaph Remembrance Parade.

He will also be laying the wreath, immediately following the Diplomatic Representatives. This year they will commemorate the centenary of their formation as the only civilian organisation approved by King George V to participate at the Cenotaph.

To View Video of Brian Laying wreath; Click Here

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