Wednesday, June 06, 2007
June 6, 1944
In Memoriam to those whose “lives fought for life…and left the vivid air signed with your honor”.
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.-- Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984 (Exerpted and Emphasis Added)
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.
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.