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Archive for June 6th, 2014

(Updated) Gov. Palin: God bless the Greatest Generation. We are the sons and daughters of these heroes.

Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this morning:

Sarah Palin added 3 new photos.
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Freedom Isn’t Free and the Price Was Paid on D-Day

“For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.”

So began the famous speech President Reagan gave 30 years ago as he stood on the windswept heights of Pointe du Hoc and honored those heroic Americans who courageously captured the cliffs on D-Day. Pointing to these extraordinary members of the Greatest Generation who were by then elderly men, Reagan said, “These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.”

Today, on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, fewer of these brave Americans are still with us. We call them the Greatest Generation because we remain in awe of the sacrifices they willingly and selflessly made to liberate the world from evil. Their efforts in war and later in peacetime made America the strongest and most prosperous nation in the history of mankind. What we have today we owe to them because they carried the fate of civilization on their shoulders. If our men had been defeated, what corner of the world would have been safe from the unspeakable horror of Nazism?

It’s the honor of a lifetime to meet World War II veterans. I do stand in awe of them and will never forget those blessed meetings because these humble men embody true courage and valor. They served with real honor and distinction. That is why it is justified outrage felt by Americans today, knowing our government is so wrong to withhold anything our finest in uniform earned and so richly deserve, including their promised health care. Also included is the respect they deserve. They should be at the front of the line.

Our country is faced with so many challenges, but the Greatest Generation has shown us that nothing is impossible with faith and courage and commitment to fight for what is right! They are inspiration for today! My fellow Americans, never forget that we are the sons and daughters of the heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy and freed the world from tyranny. Though our challenges today may seem daunting, they are nothing compared to what they faced on June 6, 1944. So, stand proud and remember the words of General Eisenhower to the Allied Forces on the eve of the battle: “We will accept nothing less than full victory!”

This is our heritage; be proud of it! Parents, please take time to teach your children true history and the story of what these men accomplished on D-Day. Perhaps simple things like watching “The Longest Day” or “Saving Private Ryan,” and as a family making preparations to understand and celebrate our upcoming Independence Day, can remind our kids of sacrifices made for their freedom. Teach them to never take freedom for granted. Heaven forbid ever allowing our vet’s sacrifices to be in vain.

God bless the Greatest Generation. A grateful nation owes you everything.

(Please read this moving account of D-Day: http://tinyurl.com/lb8de2d. It confirms our commitment to never letting the angry faithless kick God out of our public square. Further, it should empower you to support new leaders who don’t pretend to have all the answers, but instead humbly call out to God for wisdom, strength, and His hand of protection over America, especially in perilous times.)

– Sarah Palin

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Here is the article by Jackie Gingrich Cushman on Townhall.com that Governor Palin linked to:

This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, and the long-awaited opening of a western front.

The year before, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic Coast of Europe, to provide his army on the east with relief.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander in Europe, planned and carried out the liberation of Western Europe and invasion of Germany, code-named Operation Overlord. This large-scale invasion required hundreds of thousands of troops to be assembled and trained for amphibious landing. The plans had to account for beach attacks and required information on the terrain and weather tracking.

Before the invasion began, Eisenhower sent a message of encouragement and support to the troops. He compared the invasion with a “crusade” and noted that their goal was nothing less than “security for ourselves in a free world.” He expressed “confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle,” while noting, “We will accept nothing less than full victory.”

He ended with a request for assistance from “God Almighty upon this great and noble undertaking.”

The invasion began on June 6, 1944. It included nearly 3 million soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, some 11,000 planes and nearly 7,000 vessels carrying close to 200,000 tanks and other vehicles.

That night, Roosevelt broadcast his prayer. Biographer Jon Meacham noted, “the White House had distributed the text beforehand so that the audience — an estimated 100 million Americans — could recite the words with Roosevelt.”

“My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer.”

Imagine 100 million Americans reciting the words of this prayer with their president.

“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

“Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. …

“They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

“For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

“Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

“And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

“Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

“Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. …

“With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. …

“Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

Read more.

Governor Palin followed up with this post:
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Sarah Palin
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Very powerful video of World War II vets talking about D-Day:
http://youtu.be/L6EsjZYInjo

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Here is the video:


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Video retrieved from Mashable

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A few minutes later, she posted this:
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Sarah Palin shared a link.
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Amazing video of Jock Hutton, an 89-year-old Scottish WWII vet, re-enacting his parachute jump into Normandy on D-Day:

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Here is the video:
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Video retrieved from The Telegraph

UPDATE

Last night, Governor Palin added this post:

Sarah Palin shared a link.
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Awesome video of 93-year-old WWII vet Jim “Pee Wee” Martin of the 101st Airborne re-enacting his D-Day jump: http://tinyurl.com/pekp4qx

We love reading the comments left on these D-Day posts today. On the earlier post about the 89-year-old Scottish WWII vet from the 13th Battalion of Britain’s Parachute Regiment re-enacting his D-Day jump, Jacque Kasselman wrote: “This brings tears to my eyes, there are so many lessons to be learned from the wisdom of those who have ‘been there’, their courage, integrity and honor should be valued and never forgotten. The sacrifices of our past should not be in vain and we need as a country to return to the values for which our soldiers both past and present have fought so valiantly to preserve….”

And Jack Carpenter wrote: “I am an eighty one year old veteran and they won’t even allow me on a ladder. This guy shows that once a hero, always a Hero.” Thank you for your service, Mr. Carpenter!

God bless these wonderful and inspiring vets!

Here is a YouTube version of the video she linked to:
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Video retrieved from irem derici

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What Reagan hoped to accomplish with his 1984 D-Day Speech

Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2014

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Video retrieved from Steve Clark

Peggy Noonan, who helped write Ronald Reagan’s famous 1984 D-Day speech, talked with Megyn Kelly on December 4, 2013 about what Reagan wished to accomplish with that speech. In the video above of their conversation, there are also several clips from Reagan’s speech.  (The original video can be found here.)

Partial transcript:

Kelly:  “This was the first time that a President in modern history had stopped and paid this sort of tribute, amazingly, to what we now know as the greatest generation.”

Noonan responded:

Yeah, President Reagan was very eager to celebrate the “old fellows” who had been “young boys” forty years before, who had taken those cliffs, who were members of the U. S. Army Rangers.  President Reagan wanted very much to sort of get his hands around and to lift up a generation that until that point had not been completely, specifically celebrated as this wonderful generation that fought and won World War II – 16 million of them, you know, served in the U. S. Armed Forces during World War II – and who also got through the Depression before that.  So that was some of the vibration that was behind this speech.

Kelly commented that Reagan was Governor of California during the time in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when the treatment of veterans coming back from Vietnam was heated and controversial.  “And he wanted to send a message about our military and veterans.”   To which Noonan responded:

Absolutely.  That speech, the Point du Hoc speech, took place in 1984.  Ten years before, in 1974, the Vietnam War had ended , and the members of the U. S. military were not being treated with so much respect and hadn’t really gotten their due from the United States for almost a generation.  Reagan was determined to turn that around.  He had great respect for those who had fought  in Vietnam.  He felt they had not been fully appreciated.  He was governor when the prisoners of war, the Hanoi Hilton fellows, the U. S. prisoners of war from Saigon and elsewhere were finally freed.  It was Reagan who came  It was Reagan who came and welcomed them and had them over to the Governor’s mansion.  He was keen on getting greater appreciation for the U. S. military from the American people.  And he succeeded.

Kelly asked Noonan to explain how Reagan’s D-Day speech was a speech within a speech.  Noonan responded:

The text of the speech – the ostensible thing that was being said – was, “Look, civilized nations of the West, look what you did 40 years ago when you held together, joined together, you defeated a terrible tyranny called Hitler’s Germany.”  So that’s what the speech is.  Underneath that, Reagan was really saying to all the gathered leaders of the West who were there that day, “Guys, look what your parents and grandparents did.  If we hold together as they did, we are going to defeat together the tyranny of our time – and that is Soviet Communism.  So by lauding the Word War II generation, Reagan was also trying to inspire those who now still had to hold together.

Kelly asked if Reagan ever came back and said, “I nailed it!” on the addresses he gave.   Noonan replied:

Ronald Reagan was funny.  You would think having been in show business, having been in Hollywood for a long time, that he would talk that way – “I nailed it.  I owned that room.” Stuff like that. [Kelly comment] No, he never did, or not that I ever saw.  Reagan was amazingly modest.  He had a lot of humility.  And he didn’t brag about his ability to get people   When people listened to him and they felt as he did, he felt like that was because he felt like they did. [Kelly comment] He felt like there was a kind of communion going on.  But he didn’t brag.  He was a fellow who had an ego who didn’t brag.

Kelly:  “He is very missed.”

[Amen to that.]

Here is a transcript of that famous speech, spoken by a President with great respect for our military and who walked the walk to give the military all the support they needed to protect our nation with strength.

Retrieved from The History Place:

President Reagan speaking on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. 6/6/84.

We are here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machineguns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

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.”

I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking “we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well, everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren’t. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.

Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, “Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.

There was the impossible valor of the Poles who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold, and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the horrors of war on this coast. They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.

All of these men were part of a rollcall of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet” and you, the American Rangers.

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? 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.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought — or felt in their hearts, though they couldn’t know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.

Something else helped the men of D-day: their rockhard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we’re about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”

These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that shaped the unity of the Allies.

When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together.

There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies. The Marshall plan led to the Atlantic alliance — a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace.

In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They’re still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost 40 years after the war. Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent. 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 America 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. We’ve learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.

But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.

It’s fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II: 20 million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the Earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.

We will pray forever that some day that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.

We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We’re bound by reality. The strength of America’s allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe’s democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.

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.”

Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.

President Ronald Reagan – June 6, 1984

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