D-Day, what it was all about

McQ cites Reagan: D-Day, June 6, 1944 – The Boys Of Point Du Hoc. Read the speech.

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. … 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. …

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. 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.

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.

Remember. The violence alone seems to preoccupy many but that misses so much. The speech selected by McQ does not forget and it is a good lesson.

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