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Greer woman remembers D-Day as a child in Great Britain

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Doris Robson, 84, takes her tea and reflects (FOX Carolina) Doris Robson, 84, takes her tea and reflects (FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Everyday, Doris Robson makes her tea and sits in her "tea corner" just to reflect.

"Memories fade a lot when you get my age," the 84-year-old said.

A native of Great Britain, born in 1929, she still has a lot of energy. She loves showing off old family pictures, especially the wall containing war medals that belonged to her late father and late husband, both of whom served in World War II.

She also shows off a letter signed by Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, who commanded British forces on D-Day, informing the public of the impending invasion.

"The time has come to deal the enemy a terrific blow," the letter reads.

Robson recalls a time of great patriotism in her native country, despite the bombings and breadlines she and her family had to endure during the difficult time.

She also recalls the day she heard the Allies had stormed Normandy.

"We were not given all the details of what was going on," she said. "We just knew that we were on the right track to winning the war. Mr. Churchill told us that," she said with a laugh.

"He challenged us to be brave, strong and to follow the lead," she said.

Robson and her family struggled throughout the war. Her father served in the European Theatre and her late husband was serving in the Pacific Theatre.

Before her father went to war, Robson said her family had to work to build bomb shelters in their backyard, and wait out Nazi attacks which destroyed villages surrounding her home.

She said D-Day marked the moment she knew the war was going to end, and she and her family could move on with their lives.

"It toughened you up, boy, did it toughen you up," she said.

She said the lessons of D-Day and the Allied victory there are still relevant and valuable today.

"Togetherness," she said. "It was going for a common cause, and that was to get Hitler and his gang. You're an army, you stick together and do what must be done together."

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