Former RAF soldier injured in Iraq calls into radio show fuming that D-Day isn’t on school curriculum

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Friday 07 June 2019 12:00
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An ex-RAF serviceman injured in Iraq became angry after he discovered that the children he drove to school every day as a bus driver had no idea what The Normandy Landings, AKA D-Day, was.

LBC radio host Iain Dale received a call from an angry bus driver who asked 50 children if they “know the significance of the 6th June. And what it means to our country.”

However, the caller quickly learned that “none” of the secondary school children knew.

"I was incensed, I was so angry," the caller added.

In fact, it had affected him so much, he got out of his bus and went to talk to a teacher about it.

We park in a school, in a proper bus park and the school teachers monitor the children in the evening getting o the buses for safety reasons.

So we got off the bus and I went over to a group of four or five teachers that were standing there and I said to them; ‘Sorry to bother you. I am an ex serviceman and I’ve just asked all the children on my bus, do they know the significance of the 6th June 1944 and what it meant to our country?

The impression I got from their faces is that they didn’t even know either. I can’t prove that but it was just a vacant look so I explained to them what it was and their answer to me was that ‘we don’t talk to them about it because it’s not on the curriculum.’

So I was incensed. I was so angry I just needed to speak to you today to let you know that not all the younger generations are being taught in schools the significance of that sort of event.

What is D-Day?

The Normandy Landings, or D-Day as it later became known, was the largest seaborne invasion in the history of England.

On 6th June 1944 Allied forced launched a combined naval, land and air assault on Nazi-Occupied France and marked the start of the liberation of Europe from German occupation.

Veterans travelled to Normandy earlier this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic military operation.

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