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D-Day Presidential speech… a CIC exuding inspiration, and pride in country and our history
Flopping Aces ^ | 06-06-09 | Mataharley

Posted on 06/06/2009 9:24:16 AM PDT by Starman417

H/T to Old Trooper and his travel updates from Normandy

By now, the current POTUS/TOTUS has landed in France... set to address another world audience on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Regardless of the political scrutiny of Obama's performance, this is as it should be. Our CIC *should* be there to pay honor to our heroes, resting on French soil.

But I will say this... considering Obama's track record of speeches across Europe as POTUS, and as a candidate, I'm not looking forward to his D-Day Obama comments, and his half-baked pride in America that gets buried under platitudes during a fence balancing act. This is a day I want a Commander in Chief that delivers. A President who remembers and mourns the "boys" that left for war, and is proud and forever beholding to those same boys who became the "men" who conquered a cliff and saved a continent

Old Trooper has sent me the perfect tribute, with a promise I would post this to remind all FA readers of the honest and heartfelt thanks from a genuine Commander in Chief from decades past. So, together we take you back in time to 1984... President Ronald Reagan's speech commemorating another anniversary of fallen heroes on sacred ground.

It is fitting, it is a speech worthy of the day, delivered by a Commander in Chief proud not only of his country today, but also it's history. And today, I want to share it with you... and with heartfelt thanks to Old Trooper for reviving this stirring memory.

Today, as 40 years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose. To protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials, like this one, and graveyards where our heroes rest. We in American have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars. It is better to be here, ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea... rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.

President Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984, Normandy

[video at site]

Below photos from the US Naval history page.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: dday; normandy; reagan

1 posted on 06/06/2009 9:24:16 AM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

His speech was fine. Sakozy’s was much better

2 posted on 06/06/2009 9:50:03 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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