Remembering D-Day…69 Years Later

“Every man who set foot on Omaha Beach that day was a hero.” — Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984

D-Day2Here is the text of General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the troops just prior to the invasion: 

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

– Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Watch and listen to Ronald Reagan’s moving speech at the Pointe du Hoc Memorial in Normandy, France:

Visit the National D-Day Memorial website: http://www.dday.org/

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4 Responses to Remembering D-Day…69 Years Later

  1. Heroes, indeed! Thanks for posting.

  2. My uncle (still alive today) was part of this force.

    He still has trouble talking about it, and even with all the footage, pictures and reports, I can barely imagine what it must have been like.

    God Bless them all, now and forever.

  3. cowboylawyer says:

    My father was 19 years old on that day. He was in France and Belgium until the end of the war.

    • trixiec67 says:

      My father was 9 yrs old when the “German soldiers”, as he always referred to them, arrived in his small mountain village in Italy. I grew up hearing my father’s first-hand experiences about life and what it was like. Although, I believe he kept many things out of his stories. I know this is why my father was a “hard” man; barely any emotion and completely fearless. He held everything inside. I can’t imagine his childhood even though I listened so intently to his stories.

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