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President Reaganís Tribute at the U.S. Cemetery Above Omaha Beach
Flopping Aces ^ | 06-06-09 | Mike's America

Posted on 06/06/2009 4:57:53 PM PDT by Starman417

President Reagan was a master of stagecraft. But this speech transcends appearances and breaths with sincere and powerful emotions no other President can match.

Reagan's Pointe Du Hoc speech delivered on the 40th anniversary of D-Day from the cliffs overlooking Normandy beach in France is widely cited as his best D-Day speech.

As powerful and emotional as that speech is, there is a second address he delivered later in the day that is even more touching. The speech delivered on the grounds of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial centered around the story of Private Robert Zanatta, of the 37th Engineer Combat Battalion. Private Zanatta was part of the first assualt wave that hit the beach that morning 65 years ago.

The story is told by his daughter Lisa in a letter to President Reagan and ends with this:

PRESIDENT REAGAN: Lisa Zanatta Henn began her story by quoting her father, who promised that he would return to Normandy. She ended with a promise to her father, who died 8 years ago of cancer: ``I'm going there, Dad, and I'll see the beaches and the barricades and the monuments. I'll see the graves, and I'll put flowers there just like you wanted to do. I'll feel all the things you made me feel through your stories and your eyes. I'll never forget what you went through, Dad, nor will I let anyone else forget. And, Dad, I'll always be proud.''
The entire speech (text) is nine minutes and fifteen seconds. The paragraph above begins at the 6:35 mark. You'll see President Reagan visibly choke up while reading it and I imagine many of you will do the same.

This is statecraft at it's finest!

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: anniversary; dday; normandy; omaha; omahabeach; reagan; speech; wwii

1 posted on 06/06/2009 4:57:53 PM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

I’m so sad, watching RR speak.

How can America go from such greatness to such current squalor in such a short amount of time. How horrible for us. We had Reagan. And it wasn’t that long ago. And now we have Obama.

The horror. The horror.


2 posted on 06/06/2009 5:05:58 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Starman417

There is a commentary on President George W Bush speech at Omaha Beach that is especially moving.

Read it and weep and what has become of our country.


3 posted on 06/06/2009 5:11:32 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Starman417

My Father was also in the Combat Engineers. He was fortunate that they didn’t go ashore until several days after D-Day.


4 posted on 06/06/2009 5:25:45 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Carley

I was there a few weeks ago - very emotional and touching place to be. 9,000 white crosses, American flag waving in the breeze, beautiful, sunny day. God bless each of the men who gave their lives to keep the world free!


5 posted on 06/06/2009 6:06:21 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Starman417

Ronald Reagan was a President and a Man, what we have now is a clueless, classless, godless phony who is an embarrassment to the country he is supposed to protect.

Ronald Reagan loved his country and its people, the empty suit hates this country and loves only himself.


6 posted on 06/06/2009 6:12:17 PM PDT by chiefqc
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7 posted on 06/06/2009 6:40:50 PM PDT by GnL
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