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Virtus Hero - June of 2009

 

The Heroes of D-Day June 1944

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D-Day.  June 6, 1944.  The beginning of the end for Nazi control over western Europe due to the heroics and sacrifices of our brave Armed Forces.  Perhaps in one of the greatest speeches Ronald Reagan ever gave, he paid tribute to the brave Rangers who took the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, France.  It is a fitting tribute to all those who freed a continent beginning in June of 1944.  We are forever grateful to their sacrifices.

 

Ronald Reagan, Pointe du Hoc, France, June 6, 1984:

"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.

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."

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