A solemn beach at sunrise with faded images of WWII soldiers storming the beaches, interspersed with modern 18-year-olds holding graduation caps, rent bills, and protest signs. A shadowy figure of a politician with a silver spoon stands in the background.

On the 6th of June, we remember an incredible day in history when men stormed the beaches of northern France to put an end to the tyranny of the Nazis. This day, known as D-Day, is etched in the annals of time as a pivotal moment in World War II. The sheer bravery and sacrifice of those who fought are vividly captured in the opening scenes of the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’, offering a glimpse into the harrowing reality of that day. It’s a sacred day within the veteran community, symbolising the immense sacrifice made by countless men and women to secure the freedoms we enjoy today.

The significance of this day is such that any disregard for it by those in power speaks volumes. When our own Prime Minister cannot find the time or the will to stay and honour this event, it reflects not only a personal failing but an embarrassment to the memory of those brave souls left behind on Gold, Sword, Omaha, and Juno beachheads. It demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the sacrifices made, a man who, having been born with a silver spoon in his mouth and made millions, cannot possibly grasp the concept of struggle and sacrifice.

As someone who despises the current Tory model, particularly as an NHS worker, I view voting Tory as tantamount to a disciplinary offence. Yet, it’s crucial to understand why the proposed return to national service is fundamentally flawed. National service might sound like a noble idea, but in practice, it simply doesn’t work. If you want a clear illustration, watch the film ‘Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers’. It encapsulates the chaos and futility of such a system.

Now, consider the reality faced by today’s 18-year-olds. These young individuals have been failed by the state, prohibited from attending parties, burdened with exorbitant university fees, unable to afford rent, and likely never to own their own home. They struggle to heat their homes and put food on the table. And yet, there’s an expectation that, should the threat of Putin’s alcoholic military machine loom over our green and pleasant lands, these same young people would pick up arms and defend our shores. But until that moment of dire necessity, why not honour them for who they are today? These 18-year-olds hold the key to our future, and it’s high time we recognised and supported them.

In the unlikely event that Prime Minister Sunak stumbles upon this blog post, let it be clear: you should never, ever presume to share the airspace of any veteran. The sacrifices they made, the hardships they endured, and the freedom they secured for us all are far beyond your comprehension. Your disregard for these heroes is a stain on your leadership and a betrayal of their legacy.

D-Day is more than a historical event; it’s a reminder of the extraordinary bravery and enduring spirit of those who fought for a better world. As we honour their memory, let us also commit to standing up for the generations that follow, ensuring they inherit not just the freedom secured on those beaches, but a society that values and supports them in every way possible.

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