September 22, 2010

D-Day Speech

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts,
you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the
elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and
security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs
of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great
defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously
reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on
the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority
in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great
reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of
the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill
in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this
great and noble undertaking.

SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Given June 6, 1944


Vrenith said...

Cool! Hi, Whisper, I am following under the name of Elizabeth, because, unfortunately I cannot change my name to Vrenith. But I WILL comment under the name of Vrenith, just so you know. Congratulations on making a blog! I love the name, and the movie. :)

Jake said...

Inspiring. :)

whisper said...

Jake - I think the same. :) I think I want to memorize this some time... heh, not sure what exactly it inspires me to do, but it just feels so courageous and uplifting, methinks...

Vrenith - Thank you, Vrenith! It's great to hear from you on here. :)

Jake said...

Like the charge of the Rohirrim in both the LOTR movie and book...inspiring and courageous.

whisper said...

Indeed!! That's a good way to describe it. *rereads speech, envisioning courageous Rohirrim* It doesn't all apply, but a surprising amount of it does... "[Your enemy] will fight savagely." "...and security for ourselves in a free world." "The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!"

Excellent comparison, Jake!