FOR millions, D-Day is marked by a national commemoration of the historic military operation.
But one man has a unique connection to the event, thanks to his fisherman father naming him DeeDay.
Born in Hastings on June 6, 1944, DeeDay Rodney White celebrates his 75th birthday on the same anniversary as that of the Normandy landings. Dad Bert hit on the name after hearing the term on the news.
Staff at the birth register office weren’t keen as it was a ‘secret codeword’. But a few drinks in the fishermen’s pubs gave Bert the confidence to return — and convince them.
DeeDay said: ‘When my mother, May, gave birth at 3.40am on June 6, she asked my father to have my birth registered in the morning. He kept hearing “D-Day” on the news and couldn’t get it out of his head.
‘After visiting a few pubs, he went back with a copy of a newspaper and told them “it’s not a secret any more, those Germans know all about it”.
‘He cleverly told them he wanted to spell it “DeeDay” and eventually they let him.’
He has always worn the name as a badge of honour, visiting Normandy ten times to be a part of the commemorations. He will have the veterans in his mind on Thursday, but will stay in the UK for a meal with his family, including a son, 54, also called DeeDay.