D Day

Piping at D Day in Normandy


If there is one thing that is remembered in Normandy, it is its role in World War II.  Although entire cities were razed to the ground by the Allies in the DDay effort, such as Lisieux and Caen, the Normands still celebrate their participation in the liberation of Europe, and there is no where more important than Pegasus Bridge, which is where it all began at 16 minutes past midnight on 6 June.  Together with Normand neighbours Michel and Julie Foyer, I was invited to pipe at the celebrations and to my amazement discovered hundreds of people and entire pipe bands which had travelled from Holland, Belgium and Australia to pipe over Pegasus Bridge to commemorate the 74th anniversary of Day.  It was incredibly moving experience.