Liberty Pole Post found these words by President Reagan best shared the true depth of respect: “Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life and left the vivid air signed with your honor." Further Pres. Reagan, himself a veteran of World War 2, said this: “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.”
What was the feeling back in America this fated day? “The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. …in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4:00 am. In Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying. And in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.” said Pres. Reagan.
Today, a soldier who was in the 3rd wave of our dear military spoke of his memories on FoxNews.
He still bears the pain of loss yet reminds us it is important to hang our Flag, the emblem of Life and Liberty, in memory of those slain.
Today, the Commander and Chief of America’s military, President Obama, honored the Vets present at the 65th Commemoration of D-Day at Normandy with a ‘thumbs up’ instead of a salute! How indecorous of the Commander and Chief to signal to the elderly Vets ‘good job’ instead of ‘I honor and respect you’! While his words to the world conveyed respect for this historic record of Liberty's fight, this gesture failed to support a depth of appreciation for these Veterans. Where are the advisors to the President? Why not teach him what he never learned because he did no military service? Does he truly comprehend the magnitude of his own statements: “That is the story of Normandy - but also the story of America; of the Minutemen who gathered on a green in Lexington; of the Union boys from Maine who repelled a charge at Gettysburg; of the men who gave their last full measure of devotion at Inchon and Khe San; of all the young men and women whose valor and goodness still carry forward this legacy of service and sacrifice.” with a ‘thumbs up?’
May our nation reflect upon these solemn words: “Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."
Thank you for leading by example dear Soldier;
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