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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.

Stronger Together

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