Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Councillor William McCandless said “The importance of D Day should never be forgotten. A significant day in W.W. 2 it was the main allied invasion of continental Europe. It was this invasion which contributed to the Allies defeat of Nazi Germany.
This invasion of Northern France was undoubtedly the most significant victory of the Western Allies in W.W. 2 permitting British, Canadian and American forces to establish a foothold on Normandy and to eventually launch an advance through France against the Nazi forces.
We should never underestimate the significance of this engagement in W.W. 2. It marked a turning point in the war and we owe a massive debt to the bravery and courage of those who paid the supreme sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy.
The Royal Ulster Rifles were the only British Regiment to have two battalions land in Normandy on D Day. The 2nd battalion R.U.R. landed on Sword beach on the morning of 6th June 1944. The 1st battalion R.U.R. were already on the ground having landed by glider near Ranville as part of the 6th airborne.
We owe our thanks to all Irishmen North and South who took part in D Day.
Lest we Forget.”