American Elephants


D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Boys of Pointe du Hoc. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2010, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, United Kingdom | Tags: , ,

Here is Ronald Reagan on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, speaking on that windswept coast at the very spot where Allied soldiers waded ashore to liberate Europe from the yoke of Nazi tyranny.  He spoke to the veterans of Pointe du Hoc where he unveiled memorials to the 2nd and 5th U.S. Army Ranger battalions who stormed the cliffs.

The President and Mrs. Reagan greeted each of the veterans after the speech.  Other Allied countries represented at the ceremony by their heads of state and government were Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Olav V of Norway, King Baudouin I of Belgium, Grand Duke Jean Of Luxembourg and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau of Canada.

You can read the speech or listen.  Might be a good one to share with the kids, as this is one of the great speeches. Such things are no longer a usual part of the curriculum in school, and kids need to know what their country is about, and a little about the men who fought to preserve their liberty.  The youngest of the Rangers are 84 now, and all too soon there will be no one alive who was there, and remembers what it was all about.


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To listen on web page requires a plug in

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Comment by Ron spins

Thanks, Ron. I apparently have the necessary plug in. Didn’t realize that for others it might not work.

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