Today's date - the 6th June - never ceases to arouse deep emotions. As a former soldier, and an avid reader of military history, the courage of all those men who hit the beaches defies belief. I have spoken to former soldiers who were there, and their remarkable accounts invoke deep emotions as they remember losing so many friends as they stormed ashore. So, I was delighted to read that a memorial honouring soldiers who died under British command on D-Day - and in the fighting that followed - was unveiled in France on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings. The British Normandy Memorial records the names of the 22,442 people who were killed on D-Day and at the Battle of Normandy. It cost £30 million and was designed by British architect Liam O'Connor. Due to Covid restrictions, veterans watched the unveiling via video link. Only a small number of people were able to attend the event in the Normandy town of Ver-sur-Mer, where the memorial is situated. Concerningly, indecision on ending lock-down restrictions on 21 June continued, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying the government was "absolutely open" to delaying it. That would be massive act of self-harm, in my view, and I only hope that the PM has the courage to break free of the 'cautious' brigade. Mr Hancock insisted 21 June was a "not before" date to end restrictions and No 10 "would look at the data". Well, the data tells me it's time to give our freedoms back. This State control has to stop. Even Mr Hancock admitted that hospitalisations were "broadly flat" which meant Covid vaccines were working. Yes, we know that, thank you! And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child, a baby girl. Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. Both mother and child are healthy and well, the couple said in a statement. Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news."