June 6, 1944…

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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

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One Response to June 6, 1944…

  1. There is no adequate measure for the ultimate sacrifice of one’s whole future in the name of his/her country and what it stands for. This applies to any soldier who has made that sacrifice, no matter the conflict or cause of the United States. With that said, the loss of 6000 soldiers on one June day in 1944, taken in the context of 6720 brave souls lost fighting the “war on terror” since 2001, does boggle the mind. When combined with the ultimately unreleased letter written by the Supreme Allied Commander, accepting complete responsibility should the mission have failed, we bear witness to the bravery, moral character and integrity we should be instilling in our children today, if and only if we choose to be witnesses to history. By any legitimate standard, failure to recognize this true cost of human liberty is the mark of selfish and self-induced blindness to reality. Inevitably, war is a part of that reality. However, to paraphrase President Reagan, the American Soldier joins the fight because they understand the truth which separates liberators from conquerers. They were truly liberators on D-Day, and may God Bless them and the freedom they fought and died for…

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