June 6th, 1944

June 6th, 2008  

Topic: June 6th, 1944

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

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


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 need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

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 goodwill 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.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. 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. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Franklin D. Roosevelt - June 6, 1944

June 6th, 2008  

The heroes of Normandy that have kept us free.

....and the aircrews that didn't come home.

June 6th, 2008  
Ashes to Ashes
Dust to Dust
Brother to Brother

For those of the greatest generation are passing as we speak. They are simply going to greener pastors to once again be with their Brothers in Arms. And those of today's generation are of the same greatness as those of days gone past.

Remember those that have given their all, for there is no greater love then when a man gives his life for his fellow man.
June 6th, 2008  
The Other Guy
Had a great uncle who was an engineer in the first wave on Omaha... he died about 2 years ago.
June 6th, 2008  
Originally Posted by The Other Guy
Had a great uncle who was an engineer in the first wave on Omaha... he died about 2 years ago.
I wish to let you you that I thank him for the service he provided.
June 6th, 2008  
I second that. One of my grandfather's was on Omaha on my dad's side, and on my mom's side, the other one was on Utah. And my stepdad's grandfather, ironically, drove the landing craft that my Mom's father was on.
June 7th, 2008  
Very moving tribute. We can never thank our veterans enough.

My grandfather and one of his brothers had already been wounded and medically discharged by the time D-Day came. His other brother was KIA at the Battle of the Bulge.
June 8th, 2008  
A Can of Man
RIP and God Bless.
June 8th, 2008  
Cdt Matteo
Wow, God bless them. RIP
June 8th, 2008  
Great pictures!

I visited Omaha beach with my family about 7 years ago. It was in early November. Cold, wind blowing. It was quite an experience walking along that beach.

I was in the sector designated "Green Dog". What US units fought here? Rangers?

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June 6th, 1944