One of my readers very kindly sent me the link to Ronald Reagan's speech delivered on the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1984. I thought it may be of interest to some of you.
Regardless of what you may think of Reagan it was a brilliant speech in which he mentions Mr Millin and Lord Lovat by name.
Here's an excerpt but do read the whole thing:
Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren’t. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him. Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, “Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.