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Old 06-04-2004, 04:55 PM   #1
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60th Anniversary of D-Day

I've been fascinated with D-Day for over 30 years.

I am not sure if future generations will begin to fathom what was accomplished on June 6, 1944. When we think of all the problems we personally face, exiting a Higgins boat in cold, rough surf, weighed down with equipment and facing machine gun fire from fortefied positions gives us a little perspective.

Make an effort to read about (or meet and thank) those who participated on D-Day - I think we would all learn a lesson in courage.

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Old 06-04-2004, 05:04 PM   #2
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Yes indeed

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Old 06-04-2004, 05:32 PM   #3
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On 06-04 15 years ago there was the Tiananmen-massacre in china.
But i't ok that you didn't want to wait these 2 days with the dday-tread nbc (ok, i wanted to start this dday-thread)

But i fully agree with you it was an outstanding lesson in courage which more then 100.000 Allied soldiers didn't survive.

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I agree .. I have so much respect for the veterans who were over there .. I know some of our Canadas veterans who hit Juno Beach will in Normandy for the anniversary , my uncle included .. for the sacrifices they made for what they went through and still do , for their courage and all they did my humble respect and thanks to every nations troops..

God Bless those who were lost and those who made it through .. hero's everyone..
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Time Magazine just did a great cover story featuring the recollections of some soldiers who participated in the landing. It's incredibly harrowing stuff, and, to echo the sentiment here, truly a lesson on courage.

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Interesting that there are no stories that I am aware of of people deserting or refusing to do the mission.

I cannot fathom in comparison to today, what the invasion must have been like.

God Bless them all.
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Originally posted by Klaus
it was an outstanding lesson in courage which more then 100.000 Allied soldiers didn't survive.

God bless those heroes. Their bravery is truly inspiring. I am completely in awe of their sacrifice.
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Agreed. Much admiration for those who were brave enough to do what they felt they had to do.

My grandfather was involved in this event (he was a military policeman). So D-Day hits close to home here.

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Great sacrifices by great soldiers. They deserve the utmost respect.
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Well said everyone.

Truly a courageous, selfless group of men.
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There is a reason they are known as "The Greatest Generation." God bless them all.
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June 6, 2004 -- Excerpts from President Reagan's remarks to veterans assembled at the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc, France, on D-Day's 40th anniversary.

WE stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon.

At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers - the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing.

Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life . . . and left the vivid air signed with your honor."

Forty summers have passed since [that] battle. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next.

It was the deep knowledge - and pray God we have not lost it - that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

Something else helped the men of D-Day: their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, Gen. Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."

WHEN the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together.

We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is better to be here ready to protect the peace than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.

But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation.

We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We're bound by reality. The strength of America's allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe's democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.

Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."

Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.


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These soldiers were truly amazing people. They may have been mortal, but their courage and unselfish devotion to country and ideals is immortal.
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Well said everyone.
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Great to see the relation between the presidents of two former enemies

It would be wonderful if all wars would end in friendship.

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