At D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, southern England,UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered an emotive reading of a letter by Captain Norman Skinner of the Royal Army Service Corps, who was killed the day after arriving in Normandy.英国首相特雷莎·梅在纪念仪式上朗读英军上校诺曼·斯金纳给妻子的一封信。这封信1944年6月3日、即诺曼底登陆前夕写成。斯金纳6月6日随部队抵达诺曼底五处登陆滩头之一的剑滩,第二天阵亡,人们在遗体上衣口袋里发现这封家书。

My darling, this is a very difficult letter for me to write. As you know, something may happen at any moment and I cannot tell when you will receive this. I had hoped to be able to see you last weekend, but it was impossible to get away and all the things I intended to say must be written.

I’m sure that anyone with imagination must dislike the thought of what’s coming, but my fears will be more of being afraid than of what can happen to me. You and I have had some lovely years, which now seem to have passed at lightning speed.

My thoughts at this moment in this lovely Saturday afternoon are with you all now. I can imagine you in the garden having tea with Jamie and Anne, getting ready to put them to bed. Although I would give anything to be back with you, I have not yet had any wish at all to back down from the job we have to do.

There is so much that I would like to be able to tell you. Nearly all of which you’ve heard many, many times. But just to say that I mean it even more today. I’m sure that I will be with you again soon. And for good. Please give my fondest love to my Anne and my Jamie. God bless and keep you all safe for me.

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