Carol Platt Liebau: Remembering D-Day

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Remembering D-Day

As with so much else, Ronald Reagan said it best:

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.

We remember the brave men who sacrificed their lives on D-Day so that we might remain free. We remember the families who sent them to war with nary a whimper, and who also sacrificed the years they might otherwise have spent with loved ones, all because they understood the stakes of that titantic struggle between good and evil. And we remember the country that steadfastly united behind them and their mission.

God bless them all.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Laurence Bunyon, For The Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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