"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ronald Reagan - D-Day speech in 1984 one of Reagan's most memorable

In one of the most memorable speeches of his presidency, Ronald Reagan stood at the beaches of Normandy and described how Army Rangers on D-Day had scaled cliffs and defeated enemy troops who were firing down on them.

"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. ... The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers at the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. ...Two hundred and twenty-five came here, After two days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. ... These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war."


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