D Day 80 Years Anniversary



The 80th anniversary of D-Day, is the commemoration for the gallant service of the thousands of Australians who paid the supreme sacrifice and served alongside British Forces and allies in Normandy, France, and other countries for liberty from tyranny and oppression.

May they rest in peace, those who live, be comforted in their service and be at peace.


On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Pope Pius XII expressed his blessings and prayers for the troops involved in the Normandy landings. Speaking in English from the throne, he said, “We bless all of you here in person, and we send our blessing to your loved ones at home. We pray that God, in His love and mercy, may be with you always. Goodbye. Bless you all.”1 The Pope’s words acknowledged the immense sacrifice and collective effort that led to the liberation of Europe during World War II.


“At this historic moment surely not one of us is too busy, too young or too old to play a part in a nation-wide, perchance a world-wide vigil of prayer as the great crusade sets forth-“ King George VI, speaking during a radio address on June 6, 1944.