The Longest Day


Sev­en­ty years ago on this day, the Allied forces com­menced Oper­a­tion Nep­tune, the land­ings on the beach­es at Nor­mandy, France.

In hon­or of this day that began to turn the tide of World War II, and in hon­or of those that gave their lives on those beach­es, today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel’s main stream fea­tures music about World War II and  pop­u­lar music from that era from Eng­land, France and the Unit­ed States.


by Cyril Crain, Juno Beach Vet­er­an

Come and stand in mem­o­ry
Of men who fought and died
They gave their lives in Nor­mandy
Remem­ber them with pride.

Sol­diers, Air­man, sailors
Air­borne and marines
Who in civvy life were tai­lors
and men who worked machines.

British and Cana­di­an
And men from USA
Forces from the Com­mon­wealth
They all were there that day

To Juno, Sword and Utah
Beach­es of renown
Also Gold and Oma­ha
That’s where the ramps went down.

The bat­tle raged in Nor­mandy
Many lives were lost
The war must end in vic­to­ry
And this must be the cost.

When my life is over
And I reach the oth­er side
I’ll meet my friends from Nor­mandy
And shake their hands with pride.

Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side of the Unit­ed States, click here to start your play­er .

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