"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war."
I, however, have always found a later portion of Reagan's speech more inspiring:
Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.
"The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt."
These words are particularly inspiring today, when America is saddled with a lawless, imperialistic, and anti-American regime. For 65 years, the President of the United States was present at the annual French celebration of D-Day. Every President for 65 years has traveled to France on the 6th of June to honor the men who fought and died there and the reason they did – every President except Barack Husein Obama.
Barack Obama has honored the memory and the spirit of D-Day by instituting VA death panels to decide which veterans will be given medical treatment and which will be left to die – and by releasing five Muslim terrorists who are intent on killing as many Americans as they possibly can as ransom for an anti-American traitor whose defection to the enemy cost the lives of at least six of his fellow soldiers.
Barack Obama is not even aware of the deep moral conviction he has violated – the moral conviction that makes us Americans.
Pray God we have not lost it!