Son Of British WWII Vet Takes Umbrage With Wording On U.S. D-Day Memorial

A new memorial stone commemorating the actions of US soldiers during the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II has been unveiled in Dartmouth. Thousands of American soldiers were stationed in the UK during that time frame, and this will be one of the few memorials in the country that are intended as a nod to their service. As the Telegraph shares, the son of a British vet has taken umbrage with the wording on the monument.

As far as memorials go, it doesn’t feature anything terribly eyebrow raising. It notes the soldiers' sacrifice, and it’s a simple and befitting tribute.

“Great Britain became a sturdy platform as the Allies carried the fight to the enemy, landing in France on June 6, 1944," the memorial reads. “Hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of tons of supplies moved through Great Britain as the United States and its allies defended the island.”

In Teddy Cranmer’s mind, that’s a load of hogwash - and he’s not afraid to tell anyone that. Cranmer’s father was injured during the D-Day landings, and he feels this memorial doesn’t do the events justice.

“Anyone who knows the history of the Second World War knows that’s rubbish. They did not defend us during some of the worst years of the war. Without American forces, we and our allies defended this country from September 1939 until well into 1942-3 when American troops started to arrive,” he said. “It’s a terrible insult to all those who lost their lives defending Britain during the first two years of the war.”

Supporters of the memorial see things differently, with one observer noting “the enduring bonds between the United States and the United Kingdom and their shared sacrifices during peace and war serving the cause of justice.”

That’s not enough to quell Cranmer’s angst, and he’s pretty darn fired up about the whole thing.

“It doesn't even mention Britain as one of the allies,” he added. “It ignores our role. In a 100 years' time people will read it and get completely the wrong picture. I think much of that written on the memorial was probably inspired by Hollywood.”

While Cranmer is entitled to his feelings, this is one memorial. It’s intended to honor a select group of soldiers, but that doesn’t mean that the other soldiers that fought in battle are unworthy of recognition. It’s safe to say that they’ve been acknowledged elsewhere, and it sounds like Cranmer is being collicky so that his version of events can be heard.

If there’s more to it than that, perhaps he can offer up his thoughts without the bitterness and drama. For example, if he has specific proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a hogwash memorial, he should contact the authorities responsible for erecting it to raise his concerns. Absent that, he can pipe down and let this memorial serve its purpose, and he can choose to visit it or ignore it at his discretion.

Source: Telegraph
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