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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.

    General Eisenhower

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    • #3
      The generation that saw the great wrong in Europe and put life on hold to set the wrong right. I shudder to think what would have happened if it weren't for them.

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        To Day June 6Th is the 69th Anniversary of D-Day, When the Greatest Country in the World went to WAR to help Save Europe!

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        • #5
          The men of that generation were one inch shorter and ten pounds lighter than the men of the present generation.

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          • #6
            When Eisenhower gave this speech he was expecting over 50% casualties in the first wave. The speech is very honest and forthcoming. Just another thing that made this generation so great.

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            • #7
              I must listen to speech by maybe the last Great President of the USA!

              www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganddayaddress.html

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                "Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of our United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph. They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest -- until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war. For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom."

                President Franklin D. Roosevelt - June 6, 1944

                This is only an excerpt from the prayer written by President Roosevelt entitled "Let our hearts be stout", which was spoken over radio on June 6, 1944.
                I encourage you to read the whole prayer at www.historyplace.com/speeches/fdr-prayer.htm

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                • #9
                  Great stuff guys. I wasn't around so this is just theory; but I believe Britain was the most powerful country before WW II but the US became the most powerful nation as a result of and after the war.

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                  • #10
                    We are quickly losing the greatest generation we will probably ever know. Sad times.

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                    • #11
                      I had the privialge of visiting Normandy in 2005 while I was stationed in Germany. Very somber, yet beautiful place that is rich with history. Im glad that I was afforded the opportunity to go.

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