(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:
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
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.”
Governor Palin followed up with this post:
Here is the video:
Video retrieved from Mashable
A few minutes later, she posted this:
Here is the video:
Video retrieved from The Telegraph
Last night, Governor Palin added this post:
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:
Video retrieved from irem derici