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A day in the life of President Bush (photos): 5/27/02
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Posted on 05/27/2002 6:08:21 PM PDT by rintense

President Bush continued his European trip today with a Memorial Day ceremony at Normandy, France. The President then continued on to Italy, where he was greeted by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Bush will join the 19 NATO leaders together with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit at an Italian air force base Tuesday. Enjoy your daily dose of Dubya!

Text of President Bush's Speech at Normandy (keep the tissues handy):

Mr. President and Mrs. Chirac; Secretary Powell and Secretary Principi; members of the United States Congress; members of the American Armed Services; veterans; family members; fellow Americans; and friends: We have gathered on this quiet corner of France as the sun rises on Memorial Day in the United States of America. This is a day our country has set apart to remember what was gained in our wars, and all that was lost.

Our wars have won for us every hour we live in freedom. Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today, and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.

This day of remembrance was first observed to recall the terrible casualties of the war Americans fought against each other. In the nearly 14 decades since, our nation's battles have all been far from home. Here on the continent of Europe were some of the fiercest of those battles, the heaviest losses, and the greatest victories.

And in all those victories American soldiers came to liberate, not to conquer. The only land we claim as our own are the resting places of our men and women.

More than 9,000 are buried here, and many times that number have -- of fallen soldiers lay in our cemeteries across Europe and America. From a distance, surveying row after row of markers, we see the scale and heroism and sacrifice of the young. We think of units sustaining massive casualties, men cut down crossing a beach, or taking a hill, or securing a bridge. We think of many hundreds of sailors lost in their ships.

The war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, told of a British officer walking across the battlefield just after the violence had ended. Seeing the bodies of American boys scattered everywhere, the officer said, in sort of a hushed eulogy spoken only to himself, "Brave men, brave men."

All who come to a place like this feel the enormity of the loss. Yet, for so many, there is a marker that seems to sit alone -- they come looking for that one cross, that one Star of David, that one name. Behind every grave of a fallen soldier is a story of the grief that came to a wife, a mother, a child, a family, or a town.

A World War II orphan has described her family's life after her father was killed on a field in Germany. "My mother," she said, "had lost everything she was waiting for. She lost her dreams. There were an awful lot of perfect linen tablecloths in our house that never got used, so many things being saved for a future that was never to be."

Each person buried here understood his duty, but also dreamed of going back home to the people and the things he knew. Each had plans and hopes of his own, and parted with them forever when he died.

The day will come when no one is left who knew them, when no visitor to this cemetery can stand before a grave remembering a face and a voice. The day will never come when America forgets them. And our nation and the world will always remember what they did here, and what they gave here for the future of humanity.

As dawn broke during the invasion, a little boy in the village off of Gold Beach called out to his mother, "Look, the sea is black with boats." Spread out before them and over the horizon were more than 5,000 ships and landing craft. In the skies were some of the 12,000 planes sent on the first day of Operation Overlord. The Battle of Normandy would last many days, but June 6th, 1944, was the crucial day.

The late President, Francois Mitterrand, said that nothing in history compares to D-day. "The 6th of June," he observed, "sounded the hour when history tipped toward the camp of freedom." Before dawn, the first paratroopers already had been dropped inland. The story is told of a group of French women finding Americans and imploring them not to leave. The trooper said, "We're not leaving. If necessary, this is the place we die."

Units of Army Rangers on shore, in one of history's bravest displays, scaled cliffs directly in the gunfire, never relenting even as comrades died all around them. When they had reached the top, the Rangers radioed back the code for success: "Praise the Lord."

Only a man who is there, charging out of a landing craft, can know what it was like. For the entire liberating force, there was only the ground in front of them -- no shelter, no possibility of retreat. They were part of the largest amphibious landing in history, and perhaps the only great battle in which the wounded were carried forward. Survivors remember the sight of a Catholic chaplain, Father Joe Lacey, lifting dying men out of the water, and comforting and praying with them. Private Jimmy Hall was seen carrying the body of his brother, Johnny, saying, "He can't, he can't be dead. I promised Mother I'd look after him."

Such was the size of the Battle of Normandy. Thirty-eight pairs of brothers died in the liberation, including Bedford and Raymond Hoback of Virginia, both who fell on D-Day. Raymond's body was never found. All he left behind was his Bible, discovered in the sand. Their mother asked that Bedford be buried here, as well, in the place Raymond was lost, so her sons would always be together.

On Memorial Day, America honors her own. Yet we also remember all the valiant young men and women from many allied nations, including France, who shared in the struggle here, and in the suffering. We remember the men and women who served and died alongside Americans in so many terrible battles on this continent, and beyond.

Words can only go so far in capturing the grief and sense of loss for the families of those who died in all our wars. For some military families in America and in Europe, the grief is recent, with the losses we have suffered in Afghanistan. They can know, however, that the cause is just and, like other generations, these sacrifices have spared many others from tyranny and sorrow.

Long after putting away his uniform, an American GI expressed his own pride in the truth about all who served, living and dead. He said, "I feel like I played my part in turning this from a century of darkness into a century of light."

Here, where we stand today, the new world came back to liberate the old. A bond was formed of shared trial and shared victory. And a light that scattered darkness from these shores and across France would spread to all of Europe -- in time, turning enemies into friends, and the pursuits of war into the pursuits of peace. Our security is still bound up together in a transatlantic alliance, with soldiers in many uniforms defending the world from terrorists at this very hour.

The grave markers here all face west, across an ageless and indifferent ocean to the country these men and women served and loved. The thoughts of America on this Memorial Day turn to them and to all their fallen comrades in arms. We think of them with lasting gratitude; we miss them with lasting love; and we pray for them. And we trust in the words of the Almighty God, which are inscribed in the chapel nearby: "I give unto them eternal life, that they shall never perish."

GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT


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QUOTE OF THE DAY: The grave markers here all face west, across an ageless and indifferent ocean to the country these men and women served and loved. The thoughts of America on this Memorial Day turn to them and to all their fallen comrades in arms. We think of them with lasting gratitude; we miss them with lasting love; and we pray for them. And we trust in the words of the Almighty God, which are inscribed in the chapel nearby: "I give unto them eternal life, that they shall never perish."


1 posted on 05/27/2002 6:08:21 PM PDT by rintense
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To: mombonn; ejo; fiddlstix; lawgirl; teacup; miss marple; wait4truth; truthNtegrity; TXbubba...
PING! Lots of photos today, so get those right-clicks ready!
2 posted on 05/27/2002 6:09:07 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
A Great Speech today
3 posted on 05/27/2002 6:10:08 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: rintense
I'm first!!! Hope you can find a picture of the color guard even if Harry is hidden behind the American flag...we'll know it's him!!!!!!!
4 posted on 05/27/2002 6:10:11 PM PDT by Betteboop
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To: rintense
ME!
5 posted on 05/27/2002 6:10:43 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: rintense
YEA!!!! I'm back and I'm first (or nearly so).

Thanks, rintense!!

6 posted on 05/27/2002 6:11:03 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: rintense
Can't wait!
7 posted on 05/27/2002 6:11:06 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: Betteboop
Well now, don't you and I have a little egg to scrape off of our faces, eh? :-) Good job, MJY!
8 posted on 05/27/2002 6:11:46 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: rintense
I watched President Bush's speech this morning. It was magnificent (sp) as allways
9 posted on 05/27/2002 6:12:09 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Brad's Gramma
Not egg.....Egg Beaters!!!
10 posted on 05/27/2002 6:12:47 PM PDT by Betteboop
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To: Betteboop
Yeech!!!
11 posted on 05/27/2002 6:13:24 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: rintense
I only saw clips of the speech, but I read the whole thing, and it was magnificent!

I checked out all the Doses while I was gone, and nearly fainted when I saw the picture of the President whispering sweet nothings into Laura's ear! Sigh........

There was entirely too much going on (and too much fun) while I was away!!

12 posted on 05/27/2002 6:14:17 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: rintense
Looking forward to the Normandy pix. thanks, Rintense.
13 posted on 05/27/2002 6:16:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rintense; All
If you get a chance click on this

Glenn Beck

then click on the Streaming Link Glenn Beck's Memorial Day Essay

14 posted on 05/27/2002 6:17:27 PM PDT by Kaslin
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15 posted on 05/27/2002 6:17:36 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
Thank you, Rintense, for the ping. The picture in #1 is beautiful and breathtaking! Yes I say God Bless America and God Bless President Bush! I hope you had a great Memirial Day.
16 posted on 05/27/2002 6:17:47 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: rintense;ohiowfan
The day will come when no one is left who knew them, when no visitor to this cemetery can stand before a grave remembering a face and a voice. The day will never come when America forgets them. And our nation and the world will always remember what they did here, and what they gave here for the future of humanity.

Rintense, thank you for posting the President's speech as I missed it this morning. What moving words, and also a gentle reminder to our European allies of what we gave for them. The sight of all those crosses facing West gives me the chills.

OhioWFan, welcome back! How was graduation?

17 posted on 05/27/2002 6:23:43 PM PDT by McLynnan
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18 posted on 05/27/2002 6:25:12 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
Wonderful pictures.
19 posted on 05/27/2002 6:25:24 PM PDT by Beowulf
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To: rintense
Thanks for posting the entire text of the speech. It struck exactly the right note, and was very moving. God bless President Bush, and God bless our men and women in uniform!
20 posted on 05/27/2002 6:26:13 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Rintense,Ohiowfan
Rintense - Great pictures!

Ohiowfan - Welcome back. We missed you!

21 posted on 05/27/2002 6:26:35 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: ohioWfan
How was your trip? Did you have a fun time!!!! Glad you are back safe and sound!! The pictures are great as usual. MamaB
22 posted on 05/27/2002 6:26:35 PM PDT by MamaB
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23 posted on 05/27/2002 6:28:19 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
Even on a holiday! Rintense, you're something else! Thanks so much.

I saw two TV news blabberers today sniffing and sneering that this is the first President ever to be out of the country on Memorial Day. I was appalled. Compared to the great good our President is doing, the news bimbos seemed so petty and ridiculous and out of touch.

24 posted on 05/27/2002 6:29:50 PM PDT by okimhere
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To: rintense, MJY1288
The President's speech today was very moving. What blessings God has given this country. No greater blessing than those who are willing to fight and die to keep America safe and free. God bless all who have served our country in the Armed Forces - and may we never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. May we remain dedicated to doing whatever we need to do to help do the same today - to keep America safe, and free, and through it, to bless the world with freedom.

America is great because America is (or has been good). We must lose that integrity at our moral core. Thank God we have a President who has returned to our highest office a sense of honor and dignity and moral purpose. May those in this country who seek to tear him to shreds be, themselves, torn asunder. May God be our ever fortress and ever sure defense. Thank Him and Praise His Holy name!

(and thank you to any who saw the previous day's Psalm I just posted and the prayer request there).

Psalm 7 (Part 1)

1 O Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands-
4 if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me
or without cause have robbed my foe-
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
Selah

6 Arise, O Lord , in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you.
Rule over them from on high;
8 let the Lord judge the peoples.
Judge me, O Lord , according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.

25 posted on 05/27/2002 6:30:06 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: McLynnan; all
Check this out

http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/690343/posts

and pay attention to the last 2 paragraphs

26 posted on 05/27/2002 6:30:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: rintense
What a speech! Thank you for posting so faithfully.
27 posted on 05/27/2002 6:30:58 PM PDT by Marylander
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28 posted on 05/27/2002 6:34:08 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
When I saw George Bush striding through the fallen at Normandy, I got a pang in my heart. You could just feel the honor and respect that George Bush was bestowing on our fellow Americans,those that sleep the deepest. It was such an honest emotion, quite different from the nausea that I felt, years ago, when Clinton's presence desecrated Normandy.
29 posted on 05/27/2002 6:34:37 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: rintense
President Bush today voiced so beautifully the respect and devotion for our fallen heroes that we feel this Memorial Day. From the crowd pictures it looks like the Dose has a new branch of French Bush Babes.
30 posted on 05/27/2002 6:35:58 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: McLynnan; rintense; mtngrl@vrwc; GretchenEE; Miss Marple; kayak; kitkat; homeschool mama; twyn1...
OH, it was wonderful! Seeing our daughter's name with summa cum laude under it, knowing that she has received a fabulous education, and is ready to face the world........well, the graduate school world, anyway......was incredible. And you know what? I hardly cried at all! For me that's real progress!

The weekend finished with a worship service for the graduates and parents, and with communion being served to the graduates. It was extremely moving and meaningful.

We got back at 2:00 in the morning (Minnesota's a long way from here) after hauling back both daughter and son's things (and them too, of course!). Now we have 2 weeks as a complete family before son #2 leaves for boot camp..........I'm going to savor every single moment.

Oh, yeah, and son #1, majoring in International Relations and Political Science told us on the way home that he is seriously considering applying for a job in the CIA when he graduates! Wild, huh?

31 posted on 05/27/2002 6:36:08 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: Kaslin
Here's the last part of that article:

Although security was tight in Sainte-Mère-L'Eglise, several hundred local people lined the streets for several hours in the rain, chanting "Chirac" and "George Bush" and waving US and French flags.

One elderly man complained that the anti-capitalist, anti-globalist and pacifist demonstrations against Mr Bush in Paris and Caen on Sunday – and a new protest in Caen yesterday – were "completely misplaced".

"There may be disputes with the Americans today. That is normal. But these protesters forget what these young Americans did for us in 1944," he said.

32 posted on 05/27/2002 6:36:14 PM PDT by rintense
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To: rintense
Great speech, understated and elegant.
33 posted on 05/27/2002 6:36:26 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: rintense
What is Colin Powel doing here?


34 posted on 05/27/2002 6:36:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: rintense
Breathtaking, extraordinary pictures of the Leader of the Free World! What a memorable Memorial Day this was.

Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures, rintense.

35 posted on 05/27/2002 6:37:56 PM PDT by mombonn
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To: rintense
It's a shame that these protesters forgot what our country did for them
36 posted on 05/27/2002 6:39:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: rintense; Lauratealeaf; OldFriend
Rint

Thanks so much for those lovely photos. And even if I can't see his face, I know that's my dear son-in-law Harry, holding the American Flag in the honor guard!!

BB

37 posted on 05/27/2002 6:40:42 PM PDT by Betteboop
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To: Kaslin
Let's hope more French are aligned with the gentleman speaking in the last two paragraphs than with the protestors we've seen on the news. Something in me always wants to strongly remind the French that they could be part of Germany if not for the brave U.S. military who gave their lives to liberate them.
38 posted on 05/27/2002 6:40:54 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: rintense
Wonderful Picrures!
Beautiful Pictures.
Thank You!

They're so nice to see.
God Bless

39 posted on 05/27/2002 6:41:57 PM PDT by Fiddlstix
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To: ohioWfan
Yay! You must be so proud of your children. Hope you have lots of family togetherness the next two weeks.
40 posted on 05/27/2002 6:43:58 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Betteboop
I saw your s-i-l Harry on a brief span of the camera on FOX news!!! What an honor for him. He's very handsome too.
41 posted on 05/27/2002 6:44:08 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: rintense; MamaB; mtngrl@vrwc
Thanks MamaB and mountaingirl!

Hmmmmm.......doesn't look to me like all the Europeans hate the President!


42 posted on 05/27/2002 6:44:14 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: mombonn; All
Could you imagine # 42 in here?


43 posted on 05/27/2002 6:44:38 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin;rintense
Kaslin, do me a favor? Will you ping knighthawk to the thread you posted? Get this! FR says I need to be logged on. OK, I'll play the game.....then, when I go to log on (I'm ALREADY HERE, DUH!!!!) it won't take my password.

Rintense....THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I couldn't help but remember the slime today, and what a beautiful difference this REAL man is!!!!

44 posted on 05/27/2002 6:45:02 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Betteboop
I didn't get a chance to tell you how fantastic it is that your son-in-law got such an honor!!

That is so cool! Be proud!!

45 posted on 05/27/2002 6:46:30 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
We should all email Gregory that photo.
46 posted on 05/27/2002 6:48:08 PM PDT by not-alone
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To: McLynnan
I am sure the older ones are. But like somebody replied to me in the thread that they were probably not taught. If they were not then is it any wonder if history will repeat itself?
47 posted on 05/27/2002 6:49:38 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: ohioWfan
You must be one proud momma! Of all the honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), your daughter graduated with the the latter, the absolute HIGHEST honor. And your sons sound great too. Could you post pictures of them?
48 posted on 05/27/2002 6:50:52 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: rintense
President looks like he's tempted to body surf.
49 posted on 05/27/2002 6:51:20 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rintense
My thoughts on this Memorial Day:

Once a year we recognize our fallen heroes and all who have served this country, both past and present. This year we also have the memory of 9/11 and all the innocent people who lost their lives along with the brave men and women who died trying to save others. Since 9/11 we have seen our nation come together in a way that would make our fallen heroes proud. My hope is that we will continue to stay focused and support our brave men and women in uniform and support our President as we deliver justice to those who attacked us and those who want to destroy us.

Our brave men and women in uniform deserve our support and our thanks each and every day, not just one day a year. A simple email of thanks and appreciation to our troops once a month will be a huge contribution in keeping their spirits up. I know that most, if not all, here on "The Dose" do this already, my only hope is that millions of other will do this also. We owe it to them for what they do for us. For me, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about our troops around the world and appreciate what they're doing for us. So from the bottom of my heart I thank the brave men and women who are defending our freedom in Afghanistan and other places around the world, and may God bless and watch over each and every one of them.

MJY

50 posted on 05/27/2002 6:52:23 PM PDT by MJY1288
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