D-day Normandy Landings

June 05, 1994

"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 fears 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....

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

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces.:


"My fellow Americans:

"In this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer.

"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.. . . They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest till the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war. . . Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

0$ President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

". . . This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever taken place. It involves tides, winds, waves, visibility, both from the air and the sea standpoint, and the combined employment of land, air and sea forces in the highest degree of intimacy and in contact with conditions which could not and cannot be fully foreseen. . . . The ardor and spirit of the troops, as I saw myself, embarking in these last few days was splendid to witness. Nothing that equipment, science or forethought could do has been neglected, and the whole process of opening this great new front will be pursued with the utmost resolution..."

8, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

". . . the first 24 hours of the invasion will be important. . . . The fate of Germany depends on the outcome. . . . For the Allies as well as Germany, it will be the longest day."

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of German forces in northern France:

"To us is given the honor of striking a blow for freedom which will live in history, and in the better days that lie ahead men will speak with pride of our doings."

General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, Commander of all ground forces.

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