Paying respects: from left, Dennis Boardman, Jack Watson, Fred Harman, George Butler, Jock Hutton and, front, Douglas Baines
Paratroopers salute D-Day heroesCommemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day began today with more than a hundred British paratroopers descending from the Normandy skies.
For the veteran paratroopers watching, it was a chance to catch up on old times. There were hugs, tears and tales of extraordinary bravery to be told while soldiers from 3 Para landed in the fields around them.
Dennis Boardman, 84, pointed to the spot about 300 yards away where he had landed, close to Ranville, the first village liberated on D-Day.
"We dropped about 12.30am and we had taken the whole village by 2.30 in the morning," he recalled, "I always say to myself that for the last 65 years I have been living on borrowed time. I should be with my buddies in the graveyard down there but for the grace of God I am still here."
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These EVERY DAY heroes make this English woman SO proud. Thank you all for your incredible courage and service. With heroes like you, there will always be an England.