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Remembering the events of 65 years ago today, when the world was still willing to confront evil, and the troops that gave their lives for us.


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the 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 blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight Eisenhower


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President Ronald Reagan's speech at Point-du-Hoc, Normandy in 1984. This is what America was once about, no apologies. This speech is about immense pride in our military, citizens and all Americans.


God bless all Americans that gave their lives for liberty and freedom!

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That Reagan speech is a very thought provoking speech. One that I have listened to bunches of times but always gives me goosebumps. Thanks for posting cowgal.
In the speech, President Reagan asked, "Why did you do it?".
In addition to his answer I like these two quotes from two great Americans.
They epitomized what and how Americans thought about things.
God, I miss those days.

Warning: Gen. Patton quote has a bad word, but it wouldn't be Patton without one now would it?

"Freedom! No Word Was Ever Spoken That Held Out Greater Hope, Demanded Greater Sacrifice, Needed More To Be Nurtured, Blessed More The Giver, Cursed More Its Destroyer, Or Came Closer To Being God's Will On Earth.And I Think Thats Worth Fighting For."
General Omar Nelson Bradley

"And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"
George S. Patton .... Somewhere in England June 5th, 1944

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Ok, the new Reagan posts have been split off and new thread started under politics.

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