Friday, June 6, 2008

The Longest Day

[Photo: Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHOM) Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard]

It has been called "The Longest Day." In fact, a movie by that name was released several years later with John Wayne. The opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan captured the absolute chaos of the event that occurred sixty-four years ago today.

D-Day. The Invasion of Normandy. The largest amphibious landing in history. Out of a total of 130,000 troops landing that day, 29,000 were killed. But it was the beginning of the end for that era's "Axis of Evil."

I salute all who participated, and I salute your entire generation. As Tom Brokaw noted, yours has earned the right to be called "The Greatest Generation."

(Edited to say: I saw this speech on YouTube. It's by Ronald Reagan on the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.)

President Ronald Reagans Speech at Point-du-Hoc, Normandy:

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