These hulking concrete structures were built off the coast of England and then sunk to avoid being spotted by German planes.When it was time for the D Day invasion which began on June 6, 1944 the Phoenix caissons were dragged into place, and once filled with air, rose and became a harbour which allowed ships to dock and vehicles and thousands of soldiers to roll onto the land. The carnage of the D Day landings was vast but once the beaches were captured the liberation of France could begin.And 73 years later, almost to the day, France’s symbol of gratitude arrived in Thirroul. The Legion of Honour features a five armed Maltese asterisk hung on a red oak and laurel wreath.That young Yorkshireman is now a 91 year old Australian, having met his wife Doris in Woonona while he was on leave from active duty he family billeted Allied servicemen.Some years ago the Legion of Honour was awarded to thank Australians who served at D Day but with Mr Pyrah’s health not as great as it once was, he couldn’t make it to France to collect it.So Roy’s son Derek pursued other methods, and with the help of embassies and the war office in London, the medal now adorns Roy’s bedside or on special occasions, his lapel.
Through grandiose double, 12 foot by 6 foot, glass doors reveals a majestic formal gallery entry graced with marble floors. The 35 foot ceilings rise to a 10 foot, round, glass domed ceiling. A striking art piece, by Richard MacDonald reaches up toward the dome, providing a visually stunning effect..
Cain published his first piece for Mencken magazine, The American Mercury, in 1924. It was a nonfiction profile called Labor Leader, which launched the magazine series of portraits. Cain hard boiled style is already evident: is recruited from people of the sort that nice ladies call common the sort that mop up the plate with bread.