Bienvenue – Welcome to Piper Bill Millin Memorial



Blue Bonnets over the Border

As many heroes, Bill didn’t consider himself like that. He said “I was very lucky”.
Indeed was he, as he was spared by the enemy snipers only because they thought he was mad.

When I told him that History would certainly pay a tribute as a such iconic symbol of D Day and that it would be better to do it while he was still here , to do the memorial as he would like it to be, he was first reluctent because of his modesty, but quickly understood that, as he said later “If they remember the bagpiper, they will not forget those who fought and fell”.

Another condition was that the statue figuring him should represent him exactly as he was june 6th 1944. He showed me and the sculptor Gaëtan ADER, the kilt he wore that day, some elements of his dress, pictures of weapons, badges, explained what was in his rucksack.

The draws, then the model of the future statue were presented to Bill who gave his agreement.

The statue will be not only a masterpiece of sculpture, but also a historical testimony on the D Day.

That’s why we propose you to take part in this tribute by your generosity.

You understand that this memorial is not a tribute only to Bill Millin, but to all those who contributed to the liberation of Europe.

Could we choose a better symbol than a man going into the battle against the Nazis with a musical instrument ?

Thank you for your support.

The Presidency of the D Day Piper Bill Millin Association

 

NB la plupart des articles sont rédigés (y compris la MAJ des Donateurs) en Anglais sur http://www.ddaypiperbillmillin.com/  pour être diffusés plus largement. Vous pouvez en obtenir la traduction immédiate par la fonction appropriée sur le site si nécessaire.

 

Bienvenue,

Ce site a pour vocation de faire connaître le projet de Mémorial D Day Piper Bill Millin, et de solliciter votre soutien financier pour le réaliser.

Bill Millin, piper de Lord Lovat qui conduisit le 6 juin 1944 l’assaut des Commandos Franco-Britanniques sur le secteur Sword Beach, est devenu une figure de légende et le symbole du courage et de l’abnégation. Sous un feu nourri, voyant tomber ses camarades autour de lui, il sonna de sa cornemuse pour donner du courage, perpétuant ainsi la tradition des Highlanders.

Les snipers ennemis l’épargnèrent, le croyant fou.

Durant près de 60 ans, il revint chaque fois qu’il le put en Normandie pour rendre hommage à ses camarades.

Bill Millin a accepté ce Mémorial le figurant, non pour lui-même mais pour qu’on ne les oublie pas.
“S’ils se souviennent du joueur de cornemuse, alors ils n’oublieront pas ceux qui ont servi et sont tombés sur les Plages” Bill Millin 2009

Ce Mémorial , édifié à Colleville-Montgomery, à l’endroit où les Commandos Britanniques sortirent de la plage à Sword Beach , est un hommage à tous ceux qui participèrent au D Day et aux combats qui suivirent pour libérer l’Europe du joug Nazi.

Prenez part à cette oeuvre par votre contribution et chérissez leur mémoire.

Tribute to our Liberators – Hommage à nos Libérateurs

Blue Bonnets over the Border

2012 April 24th

Message from Roy HALLY :

Horace BENSON, Normandy Veteran passed away recently and left us with a D Day poem which we believe was written june 6 or 7 1944 at la Breche d’ Hermanville (Sword Beach sector) :
“While Britain slept,we sailed through the night,
On boats that were flat,for what we thought was right

The sea was not kind,which bought sickness to some
but all were thinking of the landings to come.

some fell in the sea,and some on the beach,
others fell inland,which they had managed to reach

in the flower of youth,sudden darkness came on,
the pal by your side suddenly gone

a tear was shed,they had given there all,
there duty was done,and for there country did fall

now in ordered rows they lie,
facing upwards to the sky

they wait for us in heaven above,
waiting for someone they did love

so ended our longest day”.

Horace BENSON

Beach Ordnance Corps

 

 

 

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